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McDonnell, Bolling help Hunt in special election in Fairfax

Anita Kumar

In recent days, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has contributed $90,000 and the Republican caucus in the senate has contributed another $90,000 to the state GOP party -- all of which is being spent on Steve Hunt's campaign for state senate in the 37th District next week.

The money is being spent on mailers, phone calls and one internal poll, which shows Hunt leading Democrat Dave Marsden in the race to replace Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) who was elected attorney general in November.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has sent staff to Fairfax County to knock on doors and organize volunteers. He also sent an email out to supporters on Hunt's behalf and recorded a call for him.

Hunt and Marsden also reported some last-minute donations today, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-partisan tracker of money in politics.

Hunt received six new donations of $1,000 or more worth $18,743, including $5,000 from House Speaker Bill Howell's political action committee. In the past, he has received donations from Fred Malek, national finance chairman for John McCain's presidential bid and friend of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former White House chief of staff under George W. Bush and and Cuccinelli.

Marsden also reported six donations of $1,000 or more totaling $27,700, including more than $15,000 in in-kind donations from the Democratic Party of Virginia. He has received donations from Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly.

McDonnell sent $5,000 and the senate GOP caucus sent $10,000 to businessman Jeff McWaters, who is expected to easily win a special election for a state Senate in Virginia Beach Tuesday. But the state Republican party is not putting any money into the race.

McWaters, who won a primary last month faces only nominal Democratic opposition in the GOP-leaning district.

McWaters has put in considerable money himself, and received donations from such bold names as former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, congressional candidate Scott Rigell and Richard Sharp, the former chairman of Circuit City and co-founder of CarMax.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 8, 2010; 7:09 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Gerald E. Connolly , James Webb , Ken Cuccinelli , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin , Scott Rigell  
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