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Virginia Democrats Must Decide Which is Worse: Dark Money or Corporate Money

The choice between Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam is really about whose pocket Democrats want their candidate to be in…

By NTK Staff | 04.21.2017 @12:30pm
Virginia Democrats Must Decide Which is Worse: Dark Money or Corporate Money

With just about two months to go until primary day, Virginia Democrats are beginning to closely inspect the two major candidates running for governor.

Long thought to be the destined candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) finds himself locked in a fierce battle with former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), a candidate doing his best to emulate a Bernie Sanders-esque populist message that is not always backed up by his record.

But in light of recent financial disclosures, a new rift is emerging between the two candidates: where does their money come from?

Northam has made no bones about going after what he calls Perriello’s “dark money”:

Northam has called on Perriello to renounce “dark money,” just days after Perriello disclosed $230,000 in contributions from an international activist group called Avaaz, which Perriello helped found a decade ago.

As a 501c4 charity, Avaaz is not required to disclose its individual donors. According to its website, it has nearly 45 million members in 194 countries worldwide, with the greatest concentration in Brazil at nearly 9.9 million. It lists just under 2.4 million members in the United States.

Perriello also accepted $250,000 from liberal money-man George Soros, as NTK noted earlier this week.

Meanwhile, his campaign is going after Northam for being in the pocket of two of Virginia’s biggest companies:

Instead, a [Perriello] spokesman highlighted money that Northam has received from the state’s biggest utility — Dominion Power — and from the health insurer Anthem.

“Tom’s largest contributions came from people long familiar with his advocacy work on progressive causes, not from individuals or corporations with business interests before the state like Dominion or Anthem,” Perriello spokesman Ian Sams said. “So when it comes to money influencing politics, we’ll let Virginians decide which of these sources of contributions are more troubling.”

Northam reported $5,000 from Dominion executive Thomas F. Farrell II in the first quarter of this year, and took more than $20,000 from the corporation in 2016, according to VPAP.

Both candidates are doing their best to make the other unpalatable to general election voters, but polling shows it’s an open question of which type of money Virginia Democrats prefer.

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