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DNC To Donate Another $1 Million to Deeds

Anita Kumar

The Democratic National Committee will announce tomorrow that it is donating another $1 million as well as additional in-kind contributions to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

That brings the DNC commitment in Virginia to more than $6 million -- roughly equal to the Republican National Committee's pledge of $7 million to aid candidate Bob McDonnell.

The DNC, chaired by Gov. Tim Kaine, made the decision to donate more money and other resources to Deeds after seeing McDonnell's lead narrow considerably in recent weeks.

"We see a real strong opportunity here,'' said Brad Woodhouse, DNC communications director. "We're real pleased with the direction of the race."

The DNC's $1 million check will be sent to Deeds tomorrow.

"We're thrilled with the additional commitment from Governor Kaine and the DNC,'' said Mo Elleithee, a senior adviser to the Deeds campaign. "The fact that they are digging so deep shows that they're fully committed to Creigh and to this race, and we are very appreciative of their support."

As we reported last week, McDonnell and his supporters are outspending Deeds and his backers nearly 2 to 1 on TV ads.

Some Democrats blame that on the Democratic Governors Association's decision to air more than $3 million in ads in the spring before Deeds became his party's nominee, while the Republican Governors Association waited to air $4 million worth of ads in the final two months of the race.

National political groups are now expected to pour more than $24 million into the race, much of it for advertising.

Woodhouse said the DNC will donate in-kind resources, such as staffers and expertise in technology, to the Deeds campaign as well as step up its own role in the election in the final month.

In recent weeks, the DNC has increased its attacks on McDonnell and Kaine has appeared more frequently with Deeds. The two campaigned together yesterday in Richmond and Norfolk.

McDonnell, a former state attorney general, led in almost every poll of the general election, but his advantage narrowed after Deeds, a state senator, began highlighting the Republican's conservative social issues and 20-year-old graduate school thesis.

"We've always known that Deeds would have plenty of national money; what is striking is the fact that he has no message or vision to go with it,'' said Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman. "One million times zero still equals zero."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 4, 2009; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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The obvious problem with that is that the polls have widened in recent weeks, i.e., the last two weeks . . .

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 4, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Republican Bob McDonnell is a documented sexist, bigot and homophobe! How can he still be in the lead?

I guess with millions of dollars from corporate donors funding his media blitz, people believe his TV commercials...
Surely that will change.

Posted by: ost123 | October 4, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

By the look of today's front page it's no doubt the Washington Post is in the tank for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

Posted by: geo82170 | October 4, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

If print media were subjected to the same fairness standards broadcast media (not cable) is, the WaPo would have to double the size of its paper to accomodate the required 'balance'.
I've never witnessed a "leading" publication so blatantly shill for a particular candidate beyond the journalistically-acceptabe boundaries of the OpEd pages as the WaPo's non-stop pro-Deeds coverage.

Posted by: OttoDog | October 4, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

those around d.c get all the news about the dems...
so all their ills fall on deeds...
especially since he has aligned himself with obama...
that and having no plans anyone can understand and feel comfortable with is why he will lose...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 4, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe after electing so many moderates in recent years and moving Virginia forward, so many people are willing to risk that by electing a sexist bigot. Virginia currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the whole country and its because of its good leadership.

Posted by: FairfaxIsBlue | October 4, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"DNC To Donate Another $1 Million to Deeds"

......Well the left-ists at the POST have spent alot more capital than that to smear McDonnell and to prop up Deeds like they do everytime We The People have an election.

The left-wingers at the POST need to apologize to McDonnell and his wife and three independent professional daughters.

POST = still a dishonest dirty liberal proaganda outlet that hates conservatives and Republicans (in case you haven't noticed)

Posted by: allenridge | October 4, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Does the WaPo's coverage of this campaign count as an "in-kind" contribution for Deeds and will it be reported to the FEC?

You are so far in the tank for Deeds that you've got gills.
Totally shameful. Every other paper in the Commonwealth has pointed out Deeds deceptive advertising - if not outright lies - except for the WaPo which continues to promote them.

Posted by: parkbench | October 4, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I think that someday soon, we will look back and see that Deeds acknowledging the possible need to raise "revenue" for transportation improvements as the turning point. It says that Deeds understands reality, even if he is a bit slow and reluctant to do so. McDonnell is a joke, with silly ideas that will look worse as people think more about him. Deeds will win the election for the same reason he got the nomination. He can see beyond his first instinct, think outside the box. He is a country lawyer who can understand what Northern VA needs, an old school guy who can learn to accept gay couples.

Posted by: DLKPhD | October 4, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

More money down the rat hole. Deeds is a bad candidate - he fumbles his words and can't do anything but put up signs with his OPPONENTS name on it. More than half the voters dont know his name and he puts up signs on McDonnell. Amazing campaign managers he has. McDonnell has the name recog and issues down pat. The DNC could give another $5M and it wont help. Deeds is toast.

Posted by: espnfan | October 5, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

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