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Dominion and Other Big Donors Give Kaine $30,000

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) gave an impression yesterday that he was taking a brief hiatus from politics. Speaking on his monthly call-in show on WTOP radio, Kaine refused to answer a question on whether he planned to work hard next year to unseat the remaining Republican members of the House of Delegates from increasingly Democratic Northern Virginia.

"My focus right now is the legislative session," Kaine said. "From now to March, my focus is on the budget and policy and after the session, I will think about elections."

But Kaine's fundraising tells a different tale. On Tuesday, the State Board of Elections reported that Kaine had collected an additional $30,000 for his political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, from three of his biggest donors.

Kaine picked up $10,000 each from Dominion, G. Gilmore Minor, president of Richmond-based Owens & Minor Inc. and Radford billionaire Randal J. Kirk. Dominion, the state's utility company, has now given Kaine $60,000 since 2006. Minor has donated $90,000, and Kirk has contributed $660,000 to the governor's political efforts, according to the Board of Elections.

Since late October, Moving Virginia Forward has collected $145,000 from 11 individuals or organizations. Earlier this week, Charlie Kelly, director of Kaine's PAC, said Kaine was raising money to gear up to help Democrats in 2009. And Kelly singled out Democrats' efforts to retake control of the House of Delegates next year.

"We have important House races and all statewide races are up so there is a lot to get prepared for," Kelly said on Tuesday , noting Kaine also has two fundraisers scheduled for next month.

Kaine, like many Virginia politicians at this time of the year, appears to be trying to raise money before the legislative session starts in January. Under state law he and other state public officials cannot raise money when the General Assembly is in town for a formal session.

By Tim Craig  |  November 26, 2008; 11:21 AM ET
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