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Warner Heads West to Raise Money

Tim Craig

Democratic Senate Mark R. Warner is on his way back to Virginia today after a weeklong fundraising tour on the West Coast.

Warner, who was governor between 2002 and 2006, hit up donors in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.

Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, said he's not sure how much the former governor raised, but described the fund-raisers as "very successful events."

"These were folks who are drawn to (Warner's) business background and the innovation, results-orientated approach to government he demonstrated in Richmond," said Hall, who noted Warner has a "national profile" because he had considered running for president.

While many Democratic politicians from the East Coast travel West to raise money from big donors in Hollywood, Hall said Warner was focused on meeting with "influential professionals" and business executives

But Hollywood money is almost certain to make its way into Virginia's Senate race. In last year's match up between Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) and Republican George Allen, donors affiliated with the television and movie industry contributed a combined $270,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In addition to raising money, Warner gave a keynote address in Phoenix about how energy policy affects the economy. The event was sponsored by Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), who Warner befriended when he was governor.

By Tim Craig  |  November 16, 2007; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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