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Tom Perriello Decries Money in Politics, Then Accepts $250k from George Soros

The Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Virginia bemoaned checks in excess of $500, but accepted $25,000 or more from 11 donors.

By NTK Staff | 04.18.2017 @1:30pm
Tom Perriello Decries Money in Politics, Then Accepts $250k from George Soros

The race between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former Rep. Tom Perriello is heating up ahead of the June gubernatorial primary. The two Democrats are locked in a fierce battle over a finite number of resources, and a new campaign finance report reveals exactly where Perriello’s money is coming from.

Atop Perriello’s list are two familiar names: George Soros, the liberal billionaire best known for funding left-wing candidates and groups, who donated $250,000, and Alexander Soros, George’s son, who donated another $125,000.

In fact, 60 percent of Perriello’s $2.2 million raised in Q1 of 2017 came from just 11 donors who contributed $25,000 or more.

Perriello Top Donors

That doesn’t jibe with remarks Perriello made to the American Prospect, which interviewed the candidate last month. In fact, Perriello made a point to criticize donors who give write checks in excess of $500 because “there’s a very good chance that the grinding issues of poverty, unemployment, or foreclosures are somehow a little less viscerally high on the priority list than other issues” for those people.

See an excerpt of that interview below:

How troubling is corporate influence on politics in Virginia?

It’s hugely problematic, and we’d love to look at any package of reforms that would limit corporate influence. We have a crazy system in Virginia, where we allow unlimited corporate contributions. In an era of deep partisanship in Richmond, the only truly bipartisan consensus is taking money from Dominion Power. A good rule in politics is to follow the money, and it’s a huge problem in Virginia.

The amount of time spent raising money requires spending time with people who can write checks of, say, $500 or more. You may be around liberal people, but there’s a very good chance that the grinding issues of poverty, unemployment, or foreclosures are somehow a little less viscerally high on the priority list than other issues. It can affect a lot of how the Democratic Party thinks about the economy. It would be great to clean that up.

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