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GOP Group Gives McDonnell $1 Million

Anita Kumar

Republican gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell received $1 million from the Republican Governor's Association last month for his campaign, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

"Everyone knows this is an important race with national implications,'' said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman. "We welcome the strong support of the Republican Governor's Association. They are helping us take Bob McDonnell's positive message of new jobs and more opportunities to every voter in every region of Virginia."

Other groups that have donated large amounts in the governor's race include the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and the Firefighters Interested in Registration and Education. They contributed a total of $475,000 to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

"Terry's proud to have the support of working men and women across Virginia, including members of AFSCME and fire fighters,'' said Lis Smith, McAuliffe's spokeswoman. "As this report shows, the national Republican Party has made good on their promises to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, into the Virginia gubernatorial race by contributing $1 million to Republican Bob McDonnell's campaign. It's critical that Democrats nominate a candidate who will have the resources to build a statewide grassroots operation and compete against the national Republican Party in November."

The Democratic Governors Association gave $100,000 to a political action committee, Common Sense Virginia, which formed to oppose McDonnell. The group plans to officially launch on Thursday.

Yoni Cohen, press secretary for Common Sense Virginia, said the group will work "to educate Virginians on Bob McDonnell's real record of working on behalf of right wing, special interest groups and big corporations.".

By Anita Kumar  |  April 6, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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How exciting to be center stage! I am glad the battle has begun and now the Common Sense Virginia team can move forward exposing the inconsistencies of McDonnell, and his track record where he has repeatedly been a silent supporter (or spectator) of voter suppression and other injustices.

McDonnell supporter and former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently asked Virginia voters supporting McDonnell to let the air out of tires of Virginia Voters supporting the Democratic nominee!

McDonnell and his campaign presumably support this approach, as he has not condemned, or even objected to this demand!

Thank the Lord that Virginia Voters have more principles than McDonnell and his camp have demonstrated thus far.

Posted by: alankrishnan | April 7, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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