Tim Kaine gets a super PAC, too

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine’s Senate campaign is getting its very own super PAC.

The New Virginia PAC is being launched by two former aides to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) — Steve Bouchard and Harmony Knutson — and media consultant Mark Longabaugh, for the sole purpose of electing Kaine to the state’s other Senate seat.


Former Virginia governor and DNC chair Tim Kaine (Matt Rourke/AP)

Super PACs are all the rage in the Virginia Senate race right now.

Earlier this week, former senator George Allen (R) got his own super PAC, Independence Virginia PAC, which is being founded by a former aide to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), Paul Bennecke. Kaine and Allen are the leading contenders for their parties’ Senate nominations.

Kaine’s campaign responded by urging Allen to agree to a deal in which all outside groups would have to disclose their donors. Allen dismissed that request on Tuesday as a “gimmick.”

Like the pro-Allen PAC, the pro-Kaine PAC aims to raise and spend between $2 million and $3 million on this year’s campaign, Bouchard told The Fix. But Bouchard emphasized that the group will disclose its donors.

“There are out-of-state groups and special interest groups setting up shop to attack Tim Kaine on behalf of George Allen, and we’re just trying to level the playing field,” Bouchard said.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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