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McDonnell's money lead grows and grows

Rosalind Helderman

It is now not out of the realm of possibility that by Tuesday's election day, Republican Bob McDonnell will have received a three times as much a Democrat Creigh Deeds in late big-dollar donations.

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, as of 5 p.m. on Saturday, McDonnell had collected $1.34 million in big contributions since Oct. 21, when the candidates began having to report gifts of $5,000 or more within 24 hours. Deeds had collected only $549,000 in big donations since then.

Those numbers included gifts through Oct. 30 and they showed that donations to McDonnell have been snowballing in recent days as poll after poll has shown him with big leads and contributors perhaps look to provide some late help to the candidate they perceive as the likely victor.

On Friday alone, McDonnell collected $184,310 in such gifts. Deeds received only $40,000.

The late money to a gubernatorial candidate who already had signficantly more top spend in the race's final days allows McDonnell to continue his dominance on the airwaves.

It also rents a whole lot of vans to send get-out-the-vote volunteers into neighborhoods for canvasses and to ferry voters to polling places Tuesday.

McDonnell is doing so well with money that other Republicans are now benefitting from his largess.

In recent days, McDonnell has given Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling $55,000 for his reelection campaign and Sen. Ken Cuccinelli $25,000 for his campaign for attorney general. Cuccinelli opponent Del. Steve Shannon was boosted by a late gift Friday of $100,000 from Vienna financial adviser Edward Hart Rice. He has collected $330,000 in big gifts since Oct. 21. Bolling rival Jody Wagner has taken in $244,00.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  November 1, 2009; 3:59 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon  
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Virginia Cannot Afford Bob McDonnell Or The Current Republican Delegates!

Virginians lost in this last debate, as no one challenged Bob McDonnell and the Republican members of Virginia’s House of Delegates on their political posturing, political antics, and hurtful, harmful political games, that caused Virginia to leave $125 million in additional unemployment funds on the federal table; thus forcing our Governor to borrow $250 million for the unemployment program in these very difficult times of record setting levels of high unemployment.

Folks really should read the link to understand that Bob and the Republican delegates put partisan political games above the best interests of all of Virginia’s citizens, both employed and unemployed. There was no unfunded mandate for a permanent program; but rather, a $125 million grant to fund a $20 million program that could have been repealed by a GA vote in 2010!!!

Bob McDonnell and the current Republican Delegates have demonstrated that their self-serving views and actions represent a real threat to the stability of Virginia’s economy and the overall wellbeing of all Virginians! One should really ask why Bob McDonnell and the Republican State Delegates and Senators would so willingly throw away $125 million in these really horrific times!!!

Please Virginia! Just say no to the stupid, hurtful, harmful, self-serving, political gamesmanship of the Republicans by voting NO! on Bob McDonnell and the incumbent Republican delegates!!!

Posted by: SamBear | November 1, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Giving money to Dirty Deeds is like putting money on Mr. Ed at the Derby, only a leftist sucker is capable of such insanity..

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 1, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I see wishy washy DEMs are starting to contribute to McDonnell now that every poll has him up 10-15pts. Seems like they know whats gonna happen on Tuesday. Watch the money and watch the rats scurry. Deeds I'm sure will be given a cush job at a local union or law firm.

Posted by: espnfan | November 2, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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