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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Are 'pubs supporting Kaine?

I share Norm's confusion over today's RT-D story on campaign donations.

Here are the facts from the story:

  1. Of the $10 million raised by Tim Kaine, $734,000 came from donors who also gave to John Hager in 2001.
  2. Of the $10 million raised by Tim Kaine, $633,000 came from donors who gave to "Virginians for Warner...a group formed four years ago to solicit support from Republicans and independents" for Mark Warner.
  3. Of the $8.6 million raised by Jerry Kilgore, $1.2 million came from donors who also gave to John Hager in 2001.
  4. Of the $8.6 million raised by Jerry Kilgore, $160,000 came from donors to "Virginians for Warner."
  5. About $5 million of Tim Kaine's total came from donors who also gave to Warner.
  6. About $1.7 million of Jerry Kilgore's donations came from donors who also gave to Warner.
  7. About $4.3 million of Jerry Kilgore's donations came from donors who also gave to Mark Earley.
  8. About $700,000 of Tim Kaine's total came from donors who also gave to Mark Earley.
Those are the hard facts. Then, there are the anecdotal stories:
  • Jim Ukrop gave to Mark Warner, John Hager, and Tim Kaine.
  • Gary W. Fenchuk gave to Mark Warner, John Hager, and Tim Kaine.
  • Richard L. Sharp gave to Mark Earley, John Hager, and Jerry Kilgore.
  • Bill Goodwin gave to Mark Earley, John Hager and Jerry Kilgore.
  • Mark Kington gave to Mark Warner and Jerry Kilgore.
NOTE: Ukrop and Fenchuk, the two donors identified as giving to "Virginians for Warner," both declined to identify themselves as Republicans.

Let's recap. Tim Kaine has received $1.4 million from people who donated to Republicans in 2001. Jerry Kilgore has received $1.86 million from people who donated to Democrats in 2001. What's the article title?
"GOP donors warm to Kaine"
???

4 Comments:

Blogger James Atticus Bowden said...

Don't government clients usually give to both sides in elections?

8:23 AM

 
Blogger Addison said...

That's correct. That, to me, makes the article title even more misleading. Because so many groups give to both sides, looking at only one side of the shift can skew conclusions.

1:41 PM

 
Blogger James Young said...

This strikes me as an example of media bias. That is, anyone in "business" is presumed to be a "Republican." And it's little more than an effort to create the illusion that somehow Kilgore doesn't enjoy widespread GOP support. Expect to see more such stories about self-identified "Republicans," even if two of those cited in this story have declined to identify themselves as such.

9:35 AM

 
Blogger Ranger03 said...

Good bit of number crunching. It is likely people are hedging their bets, but the headline is telling of the media bias.

2:19 PM

 

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