Kaine Will Keep State PAC; Brooks Set to Take Over
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will continue to operate his Virginia political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, even has he expands into his new role as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Now that the legislative session is over, the state PAC will begin raising money to try to influence the outcome of state races.
"We finished our year plan and we will begin our effort," said Charlie Kelly, executive director of Moving Virginia Forward. "We are in the organizing stages."
One of the first changes at the PAC will be a new executive director. Dave Brooks, the PAC's finance director, will be taking over from Kelly as the executive director. It's unclear whether Kelly plans to remain in Richmond or move into a new role with Kaine at the DNC.
Legal experts say Kaine will have to work hard to keep his Virginia PAC seperate from his DNC activities. In Virginia, politicians can raise unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations and unions. But when he is raising money for the national party, Kaine cannot solicit corporate donors and can collect no more than $15,000 a year from a political action committee and $30,400 from an individual.
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