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Slicin' and Dicin', Part II

Amy Gardner

Everybody knows by now that Democrat R. Creigh Deeds won the latest money race yesterday by raising nearly twice as much, $3.2 million, than rival Bob McDonnell, in June. Here are a few other tidbits that might interest you:

Just as the McDonnell folks predicted, Deeds got a ton of money from unions: $500,000 from AFSCME, $100,000 from SEIU, $20,000 from the Virginia AFL-CIO, $10,000 from IBEW Local #26, $5,000 from the Virginia UAW. Expect this issue to resurface time and again as McDonnell tries to tie Deeds to unions, the card-check issue and the sanctity of right-to-work.

Mark Warner (the man, not the PAC) gave Deeds $25,000. You might expect Warner to throw himself behind the Democratic nominee now that the primary is over. But $25,000? It's the largest single check Warner's cut for a candidate (aside from himself) since Don Beyer ran for governor in 1999. That "golden silence" that our friends at Politico wrote about before the primary might not have been about Terry McAuliffe after all.

Deeds got a tidy sum from folks who supported other candidates in the primary -- a nice sign for him that Democrats have united behind him despite the rancor of the spring. Barbara Fried, the retired developer from Albemarle County, gave Deeds $100,000, the same sum she delivered to Brian Moran in May. Boyd Tinsley, famed fiddler for the Dave Matthews Band, gave Deeds $15,000 after giving him $10,000, Moran $15,000 and McAuliffe $7,500 in the spring.

Here's a little surprise: Deeds didn't do that well from corporate PACS, despite the assumption that those sources would have been ready to cut checks after staying out of the primary -- and play catch-up on the money they've already sent McDonnell's way. According to a VPAP analysis, Deeds got some nice checks from a few heavy hitters: $50,000 from Verizon Good Government, $15,000 from Glenworth Financial, $13,500 from LeClairRyan, $10,000 from Alpha Services. But overall, Deeds appears to have collected just $131,000 from corporate PACs, according to VPAP, while McDonnell reported nearly $137,000. The presumption is that Deeds should have done much better than McDonnell now that we're in the general election, when corporate PACs tend to hedge their bets and give to both sides.

By Amy Gardner  |  July 16, 2009; 6:59 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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The questions for ALL Virginians this election is still do you want jobs or do you enjoy unemployment? Virginia enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, 2+% below the National average, because of our "business friendly" environment. If we were so stupid as to elect a Democrat governor, even Deeds, he will let Unions do for Virginia what they have done for California and Michigan. Card Check in Virginia will yield double-digit unemployment! Unfortunately, the entire Democrat Party is Union "owned" and "ACORN managed."

Given Virginia's huge Military, Military retiree and veteran population, it should be noted that Lieutenant Colonel (USAR Ret) McDonnell is one of us and the only candidate in the race that has ever donned a uniform in defense of this nation. Even McDonnell's daughter has more time defending this Nation than Deeds! I'm a little surprised Deeds even had the guts to showed up at a VFW event recently.

Posted by: A-COL | July 19, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

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