I’ve received a lot of e-mail about the latest revelations in the source of Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s campaign funding. Here are some of the questions and observations that people have provided:
- The American Tort Reform Association contributed $300,300. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce provided $500,000. Given that these are 501(c)6 organizations, they don’t need to report their donors. That’s a lot of money — a pretty substantial chunk of what the RSLC gave McDonnell. So who gave to them? And did McDonnell encourage any of his supporters to give to either of these organizations during his campaign?
- It’s clear that McDonnell’s election was paid for by corporations, rather than voters. How does this compare to Sen. Creigh Deeds’ campaign?
- How many of the corporations from whom McDonnell accepted campaign contributions are currently in a legal dispute with the state, or stand to gain from a reinterpretation of existing law in a manner that is within McDonnell’s power?
- Among Virginians who voted for McDonnell, what do they make of his receipt of $160,000 from the gambling industry, $25,000 from one of Abramoff’s clients, and $325,300 from the liquor and tobacco industry? Are there 324 people who would have changed their votes to Deeds, had McDonnell’s contributors not been hidden?
- What to make of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ $25,000 to the RSLC on November 30 (a Wednesday) followed by the RSLC’s contribution of $25,000 to McDonnell on December 5 (the following Monday)? Coincidence? Or pass-through?
I’d welcome answers to any of these questions or comments regarding these observations.