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Posted at 6:02 PM ET, 10/15/2010

McDonnell political committee ends September with $1.28 million

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell's political action committee Opportunity Virginia raised $782,000 between July and the end of the September, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday.

The PAC ended the third quarter of the year with $1.28 million cash on hand, a strong showing that McDonnell's political director said showed support for his administration.

As a state committee, the money cannot be used to help candidates running in November's congressional campaign. However, McDonnell will be able to use the donations to help elect Republicans to the General Assembly next November, as the governor looks to wrest control of the state Senate from Democrats.

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) collected just over $120,000 for his committee Liberty Now in the past three months and ends the month with $147,512 in the bank.

Cuccinelli also collects money through a candidate committee, but those committees don't have to report fundraising tallies until January. That goes for Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as well, who has recently been collecting donations through a campaign account for his 2013 gubernatorial candidacy.

House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford)'s committee, Dominion Leadership Trust, took in $285,550 and ended the reporting period with $617,136 cash on hand.

House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry)'s committee, A Strong Majority, was not particularly active. It collected $3,000 and had $46,185 in the bank Sept. 30.

The Senate Republican caucus ended with $858,326 in the bank, after collecting $366,035 in the past three months. The Senate Democrats ended the period with a similar $851,888 in the bank, but that came after collecting $138,570 in the past three months.

In a statement, McDonnell political director Phil Cox attributed the strong donation numbers for his PAC to the "administration's continued focus on the issues Virginians care about: attracting new jobs and creating more opportunity throughout the Commonwealth; balancing the state budget by cutting spending, not raising taxes; and streamlining government to make it more efficient, effective and user-friendly."

McDonnell has hosted a number of big-dollar fundraisers in recent weeks, as the finance deadline approached.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 15, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, William Howell  
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An attorney taking Tea Party money to do Tea Party Bidding. Typical.

Virginia should Tax Gasoline, Tobacco, Guns and Coal to pay for their effects.

Tax gasoline to pay for road damage; tax coal polluters to pay for Offshore Wind and Biomass from Virginia Farmers; tax guns to pay for law enforcement, tax tobacco to pay for health care and Medicaid.

Use common sense and Tax products that create the needs and expense; otherwise communities should stop crying and whining about no money for roads, unemployment, energy jobs, and health care.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that health costs caused by smoking total $7.18 per cigarette pack sold and smoked in the United States. Cigarette smoking was estimated to be responsible for $193 billion in annual health-related economic losses in the United States ($96 billion in direct costs and $97 billion in lost productivity).

Virginia's .30 cents tax on cigarettes is 10% of Hawaii's $3.

State Cigarette Excise Taxes: 2010

State Sales, Gasoline, Cigarette, and Alcohol Taxes

Posted by: Airborne82 | October 16, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

A $47 million hole in Virginia's liquor plan is unacceptable

“Mr. McDonnell's proposal is a rip-off. The math is simple: In just a decade, the state will lose more money than it gains from privatization. And in the years that follow, those losses will mount into hundreds of millions and then billions of dollars.”

“…the governor is raiding the state's general fund, which provides revenue for education, public safety, health care and other services, in return for a short-term money grab that might pay for a couple of intersections and a few road improvements around the state before the cash is gone. That's not exactly the "revenue-neutral plan" Mr. McDonnell promised Virginians during his gubernatorial campaign. And it's certainly not the long-term, sustainable and ongoing source of transportation dollars that the governor acknowledges the state needs.”

Increasing Venues for hard Alcohol from 332 to 1000 to pay back McDonnell’s Alcohol backers and give away Billions of guaranteed long term revenue for education and public safety while increasing drunkenness and bring down property values is wrong. In what world does a tripling liquor stores improve quality of life and real estate values? None that I know of.

Selling hard alcohol in front of children and young adults to fund roads and construction is wrong. Why throw Booze in front of people when they and their children are out shopping for necessities like milk and break. What is the benefit of this???

You raise taxes on Gasoline to fund roads and transportation. Better yet, raise the taxes on Assault weapon sales 1000% and stop the unlicensed, untaxed sales of weapons to in and out of state criminals. Virginia needs roads more than more Booze and Assault weapons.

Gun laws make Va. a Mecca for felons with credit cards

“one of the nation's leading gun-buying bazaars for out-of-state criminals.”

Posted by: Airborne82 | October 16, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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