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Virginia Politics Blog: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

GOP Hopes to Question Kaine on Fundraiser

Virginia Republican leaders say they plan to press for answers from Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) on how he can be a sponsor of a Virginia Democratic Party inaugural ball, which is a fundraiser, during the legislative session. Under Virginia law, state office holders and the members of the General Assembly are barred from raising money during the regularly scheduled legislative session. The session begins on Jan. 14. Kaine, Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) and Sen.-elect Mark R. Warner (D) are hosting "Virginia's Inaugural Ball" on Jan. 19 at the Westin Arlington Gateway. The black-tie event, which sold- out in hours, is a fundraiser for the Virginia Democratic Party and the Arlington Democratic Party. Tickets are $200 but donors can be listed as sponsors for a $10,000 contribution. Democratic officials say Kaine's role at the event is within state law. They say the fundraiser is no different than the state Democratic...

By Tim Craig  |  December 24, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell Hires Campaign Manager

No surprise here. Phil Cox, a general consultant for Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R), officially became the campaign manager for his run for governor next year. Cox was also a consultant for Republican Rep. Virgil Goode, who lost to Democrat Tom Perriello in November, and John Brownlee (R), the former top prosecutor for Virginia's western district who is running for attorney general next year. Cox has been involved in Virginia and Maryland politics since the mid-1990s, and has worked with more than a dozen members of the General Assembly....

By Anita Kumar  |  December 22, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Coelho, Fraioli Say McAuliffe Is In

Former Congressman Tony Coelho and Democratic fundraiser Michael Fraioli are telling their contacts that Terry McAuliffe "is running for governor" of Virginia and needs help raising money before the Dec. 31 campaign finance reporting deadline. In an email, Coelho and Fraioli are directing people to McAuliffe's website so they can make a contribution. "Please excuse us for the mass email," the two write. "As the subject line of this email indicates, and we suspect you already know, our friend Terry McAuliffe is running for governor of Virginia....forward this email with your own message encouraging your friends to make a contribution to Terry's campaign. Please make your contribution before December 31." The email suggests McAuliffe, who had said he will wait until Jan. 7 before officially announcing whether he would be a candidate, has begun ramping up his fundraising operation. Coehlo served in the House of Represenatives from 1978 to 1989....

By Tim Craig  |  December 22, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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