McDonnell's PAC brings in big donations
Gov. Bob McDonnell's political action committee been raising big money since the committee filed its last campaign finance report on July 1.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, McDonnell's Opportunity Virginia has brought in more than $100,000 in July and August in donations that are each $10,000 or more, including a $10,000 donation from a lobbying firm representing a new retail coalition pushing for privatization of state-owned liquor stores.
While most donations are made public only occasionally, in scheduled reports, Virginia law requires that PACs report big donations that are at least $10,000 within three days.
McDonnell's big donations over the last few weeks include a $10,000 donation on Aug. 4 from Eckert Seamans, a firm that is representing the Virginia Privatization Coalition, which includes grocery stores and others that support McDonnell's proposal to privatize the Alcohol Beverage Control system. (The company has a variety of other clients too, including energy and health companies and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.)
The lobbying firm is a big player in Virginia politics--they also gave $10,000 each in July to the Republican Party's House Campaign Committee and the Democrat's Commonwealth Victory Fund.
Other big donations to McDonnell included $25,000 from Northern Virginia technology executive Gary Nakamoto and $25,000 from the New York law firm Kaplan, Fox and Kilsheimer. That donation may be about balancing the firm's giving. It has been far more generous to Democrats in recent election cycles, including donating $26,000 to Steve Shannon's unsuccessful bid for attorney general last year.
August 13, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories: Liquor privatization , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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