Gov's PAC gave $1.5M in campaign's close

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 9:05 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell's political action committee gave the Republican Party of Virginia more than $1.2 million in the final five weeks of the 2011 legislative campaign to hammer Democrats in decisive legislative races.

Final 2011 campaign finance reports due Tuesday from state legislative candidates and statewide officeholders show McDonnell's Opportunity Virginia PAC wrote RPV four checks totaling $1.24 million in October.

The state party focused on races that helped the GOP gain two Senate seats, forge a 20-20 tie with Democrats and, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaker, take control of the Senate.

Tuesday's filings show Republican rivals for the 2013 GOP gubernatorial nomination receiving about $1 million each last year.

The reports were posted online by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog.

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