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Alcohol distributor gives House GOP $10,000

Rosalind Helderman

An alcohol distributer has contributed $10,000 to the campaign committee of the Republican caucus of the Virginia House of Delegates, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in state politics.

Associated Distributors/Charmer Sun Group gave the caucus $10,000 on Friday. It's not a terribly unusual gift for the company, which is a major distributor of wine, beer and liquor in Virginia. Since 1996, the company has given more than $900,000 in campaign donations to both Democrats and Republicans in Virginia, including $87,750 to the Democratic Party's Commonwealth Victory Fund and almost $80,000 to Gov. Bob McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign and Inaugural committee.

But this latest donation is interesting because it comes right as McDonnell is leading an effort to privatize state run liquor stores.

While Senate Democrats have come out against the idea, but it's unclear where House Republicans stand. They have not been enthusiastic to the idea in the past but they will want to support a major initiative by their governor. It's also not clear where Associated Distributors stands on the issue, but they will certainly want a voice in the process. The company has already been participating in McDonnell's closed-door work group on the issue.

Meanwhile, VPAP also shows that McDonnell's political action committee continues to pick up big gifts. Just last week, the committee received $45,000 in gifts larger than $10,000 each.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 23, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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