DNC To Donate Another $1 Million to Deeds
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."
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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