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Pat Robertson and family donate money to McDonnell

Anita Kumar

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell received a trio of last-minute donations totaling $40,000 from religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, his son and daughter-in-law.

Robertson contributed $25,000 on Oct. 20, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics. His son, Tim, donated $5,000 Friday for in-kind services (listed as catering) and his wife, Lisa, donated $10,000 to McDonnell today.

McDonnell attended CBN University, the Virginia Beach school founded Robertson and named after the Christian Broadcasting Network, whose studios share the campus. (Yes, this is where he wrote that controversial thesis.) He later served on the Board of Trustees of that school, now named Regent University, for eight years and spoke at its law school graduation last year.

McDonnell said in an interview earlier this year that he and Robertson only speak a couple times a year. But Robertson has become one of his biggest donors.

Robertson donated $35,000 to his campaign for governor (the other $10,000 donation was in December 2008) and $66,000 to his race for attorney general, according to VPAP.

Tim Robertson donated $24,000 to McDonnell's campaign for governor in 2008 and 2009, but nothing since April until the recent donation. He had previously donated $10,000 to his campaign for attorney general and $5,000 to his campaign for House of Delegates.

Another son, Gordon Robertson, contributed $500 to McDonnell's run for attorney general.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 2, 2009; 10:33 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Breaking news: Creigh Deeds is the Democratic candidate for governor.

That Pat Robertson has donated to McDonnell seems to be news to only the Post. Look, you're missing all the interesting angles of these stories. The only interesting angle of this story is that Sheila Johnson--who donated Warner and Kaine--also donated to McDonnell.

Get it? He's not an extremist. Everyone's supporting him.

Except the Democratic establishment--Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe, and the Washington Post editorial board. They've thrown in their lot with a socially divisive candidate who's beneath the dignity of the office.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 3, 2009 6:25 AM | Report abuse

That's all you have Compost? I am literally casting my vote against Kumar, and the Compost today. They never fail to disappoint..

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 3, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

One last parting shot hoping to convince voters...the post is pathetic. How about the millions Deeds got from Unions and trial lawyers. Seems like the smart businessmen are contributing to McDonnell since he's gonna win by 15pts. Those giving to both sides are the real pond scum. Pick one side and if you lose dont expect favors after the election.

Posted by: espnfan | November 3, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

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