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McDonnell's inaugural money came from donor packages

Anita Kumar

The folks at the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of political money, have been recording donations to Bob McDonnell's inaugural committee for the last couple weeks.

The list reads like a who's who of Virginia's corporate world -- Dominion, Capital One, Northrop Grumman, Altria, AOL, among others. See the full list here.

Some of the companies probably just mailed in a check. But others may have decided to take up the commiittee up on an offer to become a "special benefactor" -- for a certain price, of course.

For example, according to an invitation we received, the "diamond inaugural benefactor" receives: four tickets to the first lady's luncheon, two tickets to the Hampton Roads and Southwest Virginia balls, 10 tickets to the Rchmond Inaugural ball, eight tickets to an inaugural benefactors' gala, four tickets to the inaugural prayer breakfast and recognition in all Inaugural event programs.Cost? $50,000.

There are a number of less costly options. See them all on the invitation here.

McDonnell has said he plans to spend about $1.5 million on inaugural festivities, which stated a week ago and aren't over just because he sworn in as governor yesterday. Today, new First Lady Maureen McDonnell hosts a luncheon. Afterward, the executive mansion is open to the public.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Funny, since the initial articles about the VITA-Northrop Grumman, fiasco, the Post has been totally silent.

Did Northrop Grumman buy a big bloc of advertising on the Washington Post recently?

Posted by: maxtor0 | January 18, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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