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GOP activist questions Deeds's contributions

Anita Kumar

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 19, 2009; 5:26 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Does this remind you of someone? Yes, Bush #1 who carefully maintained the high road while his surrogates did the Willie Horton routine.

Posted by: Willis3 | October 19, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, maybe the real piont is that Deeds, who is running as the "hometown" candidate (see the next story) and has attacked McDonnell as "not from around here 'anymore.'" Is really the guy whose support is not from around here, but from out-of-state, liberal special interest groups.

Just like his major endorsement comes from the not really from Virginia newspaper, the Washington Post. (Everyone knows the Post's real heart is in Maryland. It even favors the University of Maryland over UVa. Anapolis gets better coverage than Richmond, even though the Virginia suburbs have a larger popluation.)

Posted by: krush01 | October 19, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd contest your last point, krush01. I think part of your perception is because proximity -- College Park and Annapolis are in our circulation area, Charlottesville and Richmond are not, so we may cover peripheral issues up there a bit more.

Our legislative teams are equivalent in the two state capitals, and we've certainly put a lot of effort into Virginia politics in the past 12 months.

We may also still be lagging a bit in the Virginia exurbs because growth there has been so rapid and recent, but we're trying hard to keep up.

Just one insider's two cents.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | October 20, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

This is HILARIOUS! given that in 2005 Bob McDonnell received millions in last-minute contributions from right-wing Washington groups that funneled money into the VA GOP and associated PACs that then spent it on huge last-minute buys for McDonnell!

Grasping at straws, as usual....maybe he should be more outraged by the proposal to sell state ABC stores and invite one of the most corrupt industries into the Commonwealth to exploit certain communities....that's right, coming right up on your UNIMPROVED state highway, you'll have a liquor store on every corner, right next to the pawn shop, check-cashing rip-off, and 7-11!!!


Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 20, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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