September 22nd, 2009
10:02 AM ET
5 years ago

Romney event nets $100,000 for McDonnell

Romney helped Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell raise $100,000 Monday.
Romney helped Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell raise $100,000 Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Capitol Hill fundraiser hosted by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday night raised $100,000 for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, a campaign official told CNN.

The fundraiser was held at the American Gas Association, a trade group representing the gas industry.

The event capped off a busy weekend for Romney, who also hosted fundraisers for himself and two other Virginia Republicans in between appearances before the Values Voter Summit and the Foreign Policy Initiative, a neoconservative think tank.

Monday's cash haul was yet another dose of national money for McDonnell, who has also received financial assistance from John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin. Monday was the second time Romney has helped McDonnell raise money. In addition, the Republican National Committee has committed to spend $7 million on the Virginia governor's race - $2 million more than the Democratic National Committee has promised to Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds.

Deeds, however, has seen the momentum shift in his favor. A New Washington Post poll released over the weekend showed that McDonnell's once commanding lead has dwindled to just four points, thanks largely to revelations about the Republican's 1989 master's thesis, which described working women as harmful to families. Sensing a chance to further cut into McDonnnell's lead among women and independents, the Deeds campaign launched two new television ads on Monday highlighting the thesis.

That news prompted McDonnell campaign manager Phil Cox to e-mail supporters late Monday asking for their help raising money, knocking on doors and calling voters.

"With six weeks to go until Election Day, a lot hangs in the balance," Cox wrote in the e-mail. "While we always expected this race to tighten in the final weeks, we didn't expect Creigh Deeds would sink to such incredible lows."


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Len in Washington

    "..Held at the American Gas Association...?"

    I thought that was the Republican Party.

    How many "Sweet Deals" do you suppose were brought up at this little get together?

    September 22, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. mark

    Romney for pres!

    September 22, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Mike

    Oil and gas association raising money for the radical right wing candidate. No surprise there!! Their money is not going to buy my vote.

    September 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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