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VPAP crunches finance numbers, with fascinating results

Rosalind Helderman

The Virginia Public Access Project has been working hard to slice and dice finance reports submitted by the campaigns yesterday and has already reported some very interesting findings.

For instance, there are 87 people and organizations who contributed a total of almost $504,000 to Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine in 2005, who this year have given to Republican Bob McDonnell instead, to the tune of almost $494,000. By contrast, there are only 50 such people and groups who gave to Republican Jerry Kilgore four years ago and who have contributed to Democrat Creigh Deeds this year. They have given Deeds a total of just under $150,000. We'll be looking through the list of donor switchers for interesting names and stories.

VPAP also shows us that of the $16.95 million Deeds has raised for his campaign committee, he has taken in $9.4 million from Virginians and $7.4 million from outside the state. Broken down by industry, outside of political committees, Deeds has received the most money from organized labor, followed by the legal industry and then real estate and construction.

McDonnell has raised far more than Deeds -- $22.4 million. It breaks down to $13.8 from in-state and $8.6 million from outside Virginia. After political committees, the top industry for McDonnell has been real estate/construction followed by retail and service businesses, then the finance and insurance industries.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 27, 2009; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Numbers dont lie. Deeds gets nearly half his money from out of state unions and fat cats. McDonnell gets nearly 2/3 of his from Within VA. Who is trying to buy the election? Seems like the press would point this out. That is if we had a legitamite press corps. With circulation falling 10% every quarter they soon wont be relevant. GOOD!

Posted by: espnfan | October 27, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that the Washington Post has endorsed the wrong candidate apparently falling prey to the negative campaign tactics of the Deeds' activists. I would like to continue to think that Creigh Deeds is a good man, just misdirected by his handlers.

Posted by: JohnRice | October 27, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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