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McDonnell's PAC raises big bucks

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) raised a hefty $800,000 at a high-dollar fundraiser last week at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond attended by 50 people.

The event for McDonnell's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia, was hosted by Tom Farrell, CEO of Dominion Power (and McDonnell's high school friend). Couples paid $25,000 each.

Attendees included Richard Gilliam of Cumberland Resources Corp., Heywood Fralin, CEO of Medical Facilities of America, and attorney Daniel Clemente, according to Phil Cox, McDonnell's senior political adviser. Other donors include Massey Coal Co., William H. Goodwin Jr., chairman and president of CCA Industries, and developer Edward Garcia, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-partisan tracker of money in politics.

Opportunity Virginia is holding several fundraisers this fall as McDonnell looks to stockpile cash perhaps to keep control of the House of Delegates and gain control of the state Senate next year.

He has fundraisers scheduled for Thursday in Richmond ($5,000 host committee, $1,000 for person and PAC), Oct. 15 in Virginia Beach ($5,000 per couple, host committee and for private dinner, $1,000 per couple and for reception), Oct. 23 in Charlottesville and Nov. 30 in Northern Virginia ($5,000 host committee, $1,000 per person).

By Anita Kumar  | October 5, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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