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McDonnell hosts fundraiser for McCain's Senate bid

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will host his first fundraiser for Arizona Sen. John McCain, facing a tough primary battle against former congressman J.D. Hayworth, at a McLean home later this month, advisers to the governor say.

The June 14 fundraiser will be at the home of Bobbie Kilberg, president and chief executive of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Kilberg, an adviser to McDonnell, is a member of McDonnell's new government reform commission.

Other hosts include businessman Fred Malek, the commission chairman who has been under fire in recent weeks because of questions that have been raised about his past, former president of the National Federation of Independent Business Todd Stottlemyer, and Ted Georgelas, real estate developer and former chairman of the board of United Bank, and their spouses. All three men have given money to McDonnell, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.

McDonnell endorsed McCain in February. The 2008 presidential nominee, who is being portrayed by some critics as too moderate, hopes McDonnell can help him in conservative circles, though McDonnell has taken some heat from conservatives at home for the gesture.

McCain campaigned for McDonnell last year, helping him raise money at a series of fundraisers and holding a veterans rally for him in vote-rich Hampton Roads.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 1, 2010; 5:49 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: Ted Georgelas, Todd Stottlemyer, bob mcdonnell, bobbie kilberg, fred malek, fundraiser, john mccain  
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