More Money Pours Into Gov's Race
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.
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