McAuliffe Makes Dual Contribution Pledges

This week, in response to the AIG bonuses scandal Terry McAuliffe pledged not to take tainted campaign contributions:

"I won't accept any corporate or corporate PAC campaign contributions from any companies receiving federal bailout money."

Meanwhile, Terry also pledged not to take money from Dominion Power. Lowell writes.

*He will NOT take any money from Dominion Power and "will not be in their pocket." (note: I suggested this to Brian Moran many months ago and he said he'd think about it.

While the TARP pledge is more timely, the Dominion pledge is a MUCH bigger deal. Dominion has contributed over $5 million to candidates across Virginia in both parties, including McDonnell, Moran and Deeds. If we are going to get energy policy based on the best interests of the Commonwealth we need to elect officials who are not beholden to Dominion power. In the Governor's race, that means Terry McAuliffe.

Brian Moran and Bob McDonnell have already taken money from companies bailed out with TARP funds. Lowell has details here.

Not to cast dispersions but....

WTF? Now we are feigning outrage at who has contributed to whose campaigns? Maybe from now on if someones name either begins or ends with a vowel, they should be banned from making contributions? I've sat on the sidelines during most of the recent BS over Terry/Brian.....but this is the stuff that sends some people straight to the McDonnell camp.

If your candidate doesn't have enough good ideas, past record and/or strengths to stand on, well maybe they should just sit this one out.

Casting dispersions?

Either an error or a brilliant pun.


Jim, getting money out of politics is a critical issue. If there's one lobby which can get its message into any and every conversation in Richmond, it's Dominion.

Make no mistake. You have to follow the money. This is politics 101 are we going back to high school civics class?

So, are you seriously arguing that

we shouldn't look at where politicians get their money? I mean, whether it's Bob McDonnell, or Brian Moran, or Terry McAuliffe, or Creigh Deeds, or Eric Cantor, or Bill Bolling, or whoever else? With all due respect, I couldn't disagree more. In 2005, we spent a lot of time and energy researching where Jerry Kilgore was getting his money, and we found some interesting connections. In 2006, we did the same with Harris Miller and George Allen, and it was highly enlightening. I could go on and on, but the point is, what I'm arguing is that it's highly important to look at where politicians get their money, especially in a state like ours with no contribution limits. I mean, seriously, you think we shouldn't look at where Bob McDonnell's getting his money when it comes time for the general election? If that's what you're seriously advocating, all I have to say is "wow."


prefer to think of it as a brilliant pun.................

Getting Money Out of Politics? Really?

That is a noble goal and I support campaign finance reform. But the sad truth is it will be extremely difficult to get money out of politics. Who will pay for television ads, printed material for lit drops, transportation costs for candidates to travel around the state, and other campaign expenses, including campaign staff?

The Internet can only take you so far. It's one tool in an entire toolkit of instruments for reaching the public and communicating a political message. Right now, we have a campaign financing system that requires candidates to take donations from large donors as well as small contributors. Obama took donations from some of the largest corporations as well as raising record funding from a broad base of small donors giving modest amounts. Every candidate does that.

The issue is transparency. Who took what from whom? How those donations might have affected a candidate's voting record and his positions in future campaigns. Those are all valid concerns to raise. But to suggest that getting money out of campaigns is a goal is simply unrealistic.

Better to concentrate on improving the balance of funding that comes from the broader base of small donors and grassroots activists to level the playing field.

Lowell and Josh

I'm not arguing that "following the money" isn't important. It is. You both should know me better than that!

Insinuating Moran is "in their pocket" (Dominion) is basically what I was railing against.

Shall we talk about some of the "personal" donations Terry has accepted from some very unsavory anti-worker people?

Chicken and egg

Well, the entire thing about campaign contributions is what happens first. Does Dominion give Moran money because he has supported their positions? Or does Dominion give Moran money so that he will support their positions? I guess there are more possibilities than that. It could be that Dominion gives politicians money so that its lobbyists get greater attention. And just having that longer amount of time than any regular constituent would get could be worth the money.

And in Dominion's case, it wouldn't be just Moran. The overwhelming majority of politicians in the state of Virginia are supportive of Dominion's interests. Is that because they dole out a lot of campaign cash or because of their economic presence and HQ in Richmond? As an aside, I wonder whether Dominion is a bogeyman for Ohioan and Pennsylvanian environmentalists. They have big operations in those states too. Though I suspect AEP overshadows Dominion as a green bogeyman in Ohio.

And sure, if you have an argument to make about "unsavory", anti-worker people contributing to McAuliffe, let's discuss it. I want to be as informed as I can possibly when I cast my primary vote. But I would prefer the argument also demonstrate that Terry has advocated for those "unsavory", anti-worker causes.

We should always look at

We should always look at where money comes from. But I think it is ridiculous for a DC transplant who made his millions playing the market based on insider advice from his golfing buddies to criticize any money Moran takes.

You might want to reconsider the "DC transplant" put down

Terry McAuliffe, like many residents of Northern Virginia, has lived in our area for many years while commuting into the District. In fact, he has lived in McLean for slightly longer than I've lived in Burke. I also commute every day to DC but that hardly makes me a carpetbagger when I work for Virginia political races. Furthermore, lots of us here come from someplace else.

As for where Terry got his money - or anybody else did - point well taken!

It is fair game to examine everybody for their campaign contributions and whether those funds have influenced their voting records or their campaign stands on issues. I also think the major corporations, including Dominion, probably give to all the candidates to hedge their bets. And all the candidates know it. If Terry McAuliffe doesn't take money from Dominion, it's because he has other revenue streams to fund his campaign, not because he's any purer than Brian or Creigh.

The Money Game

And this is exactly my point. Just today it's reported that Terry attended a fundraisier for his campaign co-hosted by Ed Rogers, a known and outspoken Obama opponent. You might remember Rogers as the one who went on Hardball and constantly referred to Obama by his full name, "Barack Hussein Obama." When Chris Matthews asked why, and joked that we only refer to assasins by their full names, Rogers replied "There's some truth in that."

It's two faced and unethical to claim you are taking the higher path in a competitve race, and then openly fundraise from right wing pundits (who openly wish for the failure of Obama) to defeat a fellow democrat.


I want to go door-to-door when Josh or Leslie Chernila run for Delegate, State Senate , etc. Leslie is kinda shy I guess but Josh might do it some day. Josh reminds me a bit of David Englin.


I want to go door-to-door when Josh or Leslie Chernila run for Delegate, State Senate , etc. Leslie is kinda shy I guess but Josh might do it some day. Josh reminds me a bit of David Englin.