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Kaine Lands Another $100,000 Plus Donor

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) now has another $100,000 donor to his political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward.

John O. Wynne, retired president and chief executive officer of Landmark Communications, which owns The Weather Channel and several newspapers, including the Virginian Pilot and Roanoke Times, gave Moving Virginia Forward $25,000 on June 20. Since Kaine took office in 2006, Wynne has contributed $125,000 to Moving Virginia Forward.

There are now six individuals or organizations that have contributed at least $100,000 to Kaine's political committee, which he uses to try to bolster the Virginia Democratic Party, including the governor's successful efforts last year in winning control of the state Senate, according to the Virginia Board of Elections and the Virginia Public Access Project.

R. J. Kirk, a Radford billionaire, has given Kaine $550,000 since 2006. Kaine has received $185,000 from Sheila Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, and $125,000 from Christopher Mark Little, a frequent Democratic donor who lives in McDowell.

Suzanne W. Matthews, a civic activist from McLean, has given Kaine $118,000 since January 2006, including $10,000 last week, according to the state Board of Elections. The Service Employees International Union donated $100,000 to Kaine's political action committee in the weeks leading up to last year's state legislative elections, according to the board of elections.

Several of Kaine's big donors have leadership positions in Virginia's state-supported system of higher education. Kirk is rector of Radford University's Board of Visitors. Wynne serves as vice-rector of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. Matthews is secretary of William & Mary's Board of Visitors.

By Tim Craig  |  July 2, 2008; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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