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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/17/2011

McDonnell helps Cantor raise money

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is lending a hand to a fellow Virginia Republican, House Majority Eric Cantor, on Thursday and Friday.

McDonnell will attend a pair of Cantor fundraisers Thursday night at the swanky Jefferson Hotel and Friday morning in the Greater Richmond Convention Center, both in downtown Richmond. He will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual campaign breakfast Friday. More than 1,200 people are expected.

McDonnell is not expected to cut a check to Cantor at the events, though he could if he wanted to.

Virginia law bars members of the General Assembly and statewide officeholders from fund-raising during the regularly scheduled legislative session, but that law does not appear to apply to federal office.

Last year, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) issued an opinion that said state law does not restrict legislators from fund-raising for federal office during session.

Rep. Robert Hurt (R), then a state senator, started fund-raising during session last year but Rep. Morgan Griffith (R), then a state delegate, did not.

By Anita Kumar  | February 17, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Eric Cantor, Robert F. McDonnell  
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