GOP activist questions Deeds's contributions
Longtime Republican activist Gary Byler is asking the State Board of Elections to investigate whether Democratic gubernatorial Creigh Deeds violated state law by receiving contributions from labor unions.
Byler, a longtime friend of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, claims that Deeds and his backers, including the Democratic Governors Association, have accepted millions of dollars from groups that have not registered with the state or disclosed donors.
In a letter sent Monday, Byler asked the board to look into whether $3.7 million from the DGA and $1.1 million from unions comply with state laws.
"Bob McDonnell must be getting nervous if he's sending out his right wing attack dogs to launch phony complaints,'' said Emily DeRose, a DGA spokeswoman.
"The Deeds campaign is fully in compliance with all applicable campaign finance laws,'' said Mike Gehrke, Deeds's spokesman. "This complaint is completely without merit and nothing more than a desperate attempt by Bob McDonnell to distract from Creigh Deeds growing momentum in every part of the state."
Nancy Rodrigues, secretary of the board of elections, confirmed that her office received the complaint, but has not yet reviewed it.
October 19, 2009; 5:26 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell
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