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More Money Pours Into Gov's Race

Anita Kumar

With just five weeks left before the June 9 primary, national Democratic groups continue to pour more money into Virginia to directly challenge Republican nominee Robert F. McDonnell.

The Democratic Governors Association donated another $740,000 to a new group, Common Sense Virginia, to spread the word about what officials there call McDonnell's "conservative legislative record" and his close ties to religious broadcaster Pat Robertson.

Officials at Common Sense Virginia said the group will provide counter-programming about McDonnell through TV and Internet ads, canvassing and phone calls.

The DGA had previously given the group $110,000.

"While Bob McDonnell is talking about his positive vision of new jobs and more opportunities for all Virginians, this out of state group, funded by big labor, is spending their time bankrolling a campaign of fear and division,'' said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokeman. "Virginians want jobs, and our campaign is focused on rolling out the policy proposals that will create new ones, while preserving the ones that are already here."

McDonnell, who has no Republican opposition, also has started receiving significant funding from outside groups, including $1 million from the Republican Governors Association.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 30, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I hate negative campaigns as much as the next person, but it's important to have all the information before you vote. People should know Bob McDonnell stands with Pat Robertson every chance he gets.

Posted by: amy130 | May 1, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

You have GOT to be kidding. This "group" represent everything that is broken and wrong with politics today.

They have no Virginians on staff- all national Dem political hacks. They have one and only one donor- the Dem Govs Association! No Virginian money, no Virginian participation. Nothing but dirty, soft money.

This "group" reeks so bad you can almost smell it from New York, where all its money came from. Only a hyperpartisan could respond favorably to this tripe.

And that isn't even to touch the veracity of their attacks. For this slimy entity to slander a decent, accomplished, honest public servant like Bob McDonnell is a joke. McDonnell has a TON of major accomplishments and a record people can look back on that dismisses this type of "guilt by association" garbage.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | May 1, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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