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McDonnell's political action committee ramps up

Anita Kumar

Just weeks into his tenure as governor, Bob McDonnell is starting to expand his political operation.

McDonnell's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia, recently hired former campaign staffer D.J. Eckert to manage much of its day-to-day operations, which includes coordinating with campaigns across the state and fielding the governor's appearance requests.

Eckert was field director during McDonnell's campaign in Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.

Phil Cox, McDonnell's former campaign manager and transition director, remains involved in Opportunity Virginia's operations, of course, as a senior adviser to the governor and director of the PAC. (We told you last month that Cox also has signed on to be political field director at the Republican Governors Association).

The PAC also has hired Jane Wortham to handle the books and a part-timer to do data entry.

As of last week, Opportunity Virginia's staff is working out of the Republican Party of Virginia headquarters. The campaign office on Parham Road in Richmond is officially shut down.

The PAC is just starting to get organized and isn't raising money just yet. Actually state law prohibits McDonnell from fundraising during the legislative session. It has to disclose its contributions quarterly. Its first report is due to the state April 15.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 11, 2010; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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