The family of Jim Justice, the billionaire owner of the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and one of the wealthiest people in the United States, has donated a hefty $100,000 to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s political action committee, Opportunity Virginia.
Justice donated $50,000. His wife, Cathy, sent McDonnell $25,000 and their daughter, Jill, contributed another $25,000.
All the donations came in May 6, the day McDonnell left on his 11-day trade mission to Asia, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.
Phil Cox, McDonnell’s top political adviser, could not immediately be reached.
We hear McDonnell and Justice did not have a previous relationship. The West Virginia native who made his money from corn, timber and coal has a daughter who lives in the state.
McDonnell is busy raising money for this fall’s legislative elections in which he hopes Republicans can take back control of the state Senate.
Update, 5/11, 10:15 a.m.: Cox said McDonnell phoned Justice. The two have mutual friends, and one of Justice’s daughters attends Virginia Tech. Justice invited McDonnell to play at the Greenbrier Classic, a Pro-Am tournament, in July.