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McDonnell Donates $300k to State GOP

Anita Kumar

Republican Bob McDonnell has donated $300,000 to the state GOP in recent months as the beleagured party struggles to reverse its recent problems with fundraising and leadership.

The Republican gubernatorial nominee gave the party $50,000 in May and another $250,000 in July, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign donations in Virginia. McDonnell is the party's largest donor in at least two years.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said the campaign made the donation to help pay for the party's "victory" program, which is designed to help the entire ticket including the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and House of Delegates. The program includes get-out-the-vote efforts, canvassing, regional offices and signs.

"We have supported RPV's grassroots efforts because they are critical to our success statewide," Martin said..

The Republican party raised almost $150,000 in the first six months of this year, and spent $305,310, according to VPAP. It had just $29,000 in its state account as of June 30.

In contrast, the Democratic party, which has seen a huge boost in fundraising in recent years thanks to Tim Kaine, Mark Warner and Jim Webb, raised $1.5 million during the same period, and spent $1.7 million. It had $186,000 in its state account.

Democrat Creigh Deeds gave $250,000 to the state Democratic party last month for its coordinated campaign efforts.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 12, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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