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None of McAuliffe’s top 18 donors are from Virginia

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By Kathryn Watson |, Virginia Bureau

ALEXANDRIA — If a picture can tell a thousand words, money might tell a million.

All of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s top 18 donors over the first five months of 2013 are out of state, according to data from the nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project.

The most generous donors’ zip codes are all over — Washington, D.C., Beverly Hills, Chicago, and Chappaqua, N.Y., are just a few.

It isn’t until donor number 19, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry with $60,000 in 2013 donations, that a familiar locality appears — Vienna, Va.

Those figures don’t include donations for June, which have yet to be incorporated into VPAP’s data.

McAuliffe’s top five 2013 donors are:

  1. Democratic Governor’s Association | $2 million+ | Washington, D.C.
  2. Robert L. Johnson | $250,000 | Monroe, Conn.
  3. Law Office of Peter G. Angelos | $250,000 | Baltimore, Md.
  4. Haim Saban | $250,000 |Beverly Hills, Calif.
  5. American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees | $132,530 | Washington, D.C.

Roughly 80 percent of McAuliffe’s 2013 donations through May came from out-of-state donors. McAuliffe’s press secretary, Josh Schwerin, did not return a request for comment.

View Terry McAuliffe’s out-of-state donors in a larger map

But while McAuliffe may take the cake for heavy-hitting, out-of-state donors, he isn’t alone.

Over the same period, half of the 20 most generous donors to Republican hopeful Ken Cuccinelli were out of state. And out of state donations accounted for roughly 60 percent of Cuccinelli’s 2013 donations through May.

—Kathryn Watson is a reporter for the Virginia Bureau of, and can be reached at


Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for's Virginia Bureau. Her work has appeared in places like Drudge Report, Washington Examiner, Reason and Human Events, and she has made appearances on Fox News and NBC4. An alumna of the National Journalism Center, Katie is a member of Investigative Reporters Editors. She graduated with a journalism degree and highest honors from Biola University in L.A., where she ran the student newspaper. After college, she reported for a mid-sized newspaper in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her work has earned her "Best in Show" and two first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association. Virginia Bureau, is in no way affiliated with "The Virginia Watchdog". Any similarities between Virginia Bureau and "The Virginia Watchdog" is completely coincidental and unintentional. Any inquiries into "The Virginia Watchdog" may be done through their site.


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