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Updated: More About Money

Anita Kumar

We told you yesterday that Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe has raised more cash than his rivals, R. Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran, heading into the final week of the primary.

Today, we are providing you with some of the interesting tidbits about their donations, according to campaign filings made public last night. Check back often because we will be updating this post as we discover new fun facts.

Both Deeds and Moran received money from Dominion Virginia Power's political action committee. Deeds' $5,000 came the day after he criticized McAuliffe about his pledge to refuse campaign contributions from one of the most influential companies in the state. Moran's $10,000 came after he stated in interviews that he had taken less money his opponents.


Moran took another $50,000 from his brother, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, for a total of $175,000. He received his largest contribution, $100,000, from Barbara Fried, a developer and one of Gov. Tim Kaine's 10 biggest donors. He got $10,000 from Josh Darden, son of former Governor Colgate Darden.

McAuliffe again received his largest contributions from some of the nation's top Democratic donors. They include Edith Wasserman, wife of Lew Wasserman, the former head of MCA/Universal Studios, ($100,000) J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire whose family founded the Hyatt hotel chain ($25,000) and major Rhode Island donor Mark Weiner ($30,000).

McAuliffe also received money from longtime Clinton friend Vin Gupta who stayed in the Lincoln bedroom and who was chairman of a data-marketing company, infoGROUP, accused of selling call lists to unscrupulous telemarketers. Other donors: Patrcia Kluge, a well known Virginia's socialite and philanthropist who was married to billionaire John Kluge Sr. ($10,000) and John Podesta, former Clinton chief of staff and co-chairman of Obama's transition team ($1,000).

McAuliffe, who has spent decades in Washington working with national Democratic leaders forging close ties to unions, received his largest donation, $200,000, from American Federation of State County and Municipal and a couple smallers donations from other unions -- $2,500 from the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters and $1,000 from Chesterfield Professional Firefighters.

Moran and Deeds each received $10,000 from Boyd Tinsley, a member of the Dave Matthews Band, who lives in Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 2, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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