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BGR, Rogers Helped Warner Too

Anita Kumar

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial Brian Moran blasted his rival Terry McAuliffe for attending a Washington fundraiser hosted by BGR Group, a lobbying firm founded in part by Republican Ed Rogers.

But it turns out BGR and Rogers hosted a fundraiser for another Virginia Democrat.

A fundraiser honoring U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia was held in October 2008 when the former governor was running for Senate. The invitation included Rogers, along with nine other lobbyists with BGR, including former Bush aide Eric Burgeson, Lanny Griffith, who worked in the George H.W. Bush White House and Bob Wood, chief of staff to former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

Moran criticized McAuliffe last week for his relationship with Rogers, who helped carry the Republican message on TV last year with pointed references to President Obama's middle name, Hussein.

So what does Moran say now?

"The issue here is with the kind of campaign that is being conducted by Terry McAuliffe,'' said Andrew Roos, Moran's campaign manager. "He has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on paid media, and his most recent radio ad vastly overstates his efforts to help elect Barack Obama. This isn't just about who you hold a fundraiser with. The question we've raised is about his close, continuing and broader relationship with Ed Rogers and we find it questionable."

BGR has started hosted fundraisers for Democrats as well as Republicans last year. This week, Rogers co-hosted an event for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that raised more than $25,000.

Kevin Hall, a spokesman for Warner, declined to comment.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 3, 2009; 8:17 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Mark Warner , Terry McAuliffe  
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Seems to be a double standard from the Moran campaign. It was OK for the Warner campaign to have dealings with Ed Rogers, I guess. Other than the fundraiser, exactly what is McAuliffe's "close, continuing and broader relationship?" This is the same kind of vague accusation that the Moran campaign continues to make but never supports with any facts. It's a dishonorable way to attack an opponent. I am disappointed in Brian Moran.

Posted by: rutgerscn | April 5, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The assertion that Brian Moran's Campaign Manager Andrew Roos has tried to make that Terry McAuliffe overstated his efforts to elect Barack Obama is as misleading as the cobbled-together anti-McAuliffe videos that have been circulating. For the truth, watch McAuliffe has sworn to run a positive campaign based on the crucial issues facing Virginia today. The fact that Moran's campaign keeps revisiting misleading, innuendo-filled assertions about McAuliffe does not serve Moran well.

Posted by: sustainablewriter | April 5, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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