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Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Greenbrier owners donate $100,000 to McDonnell’s PAC

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.

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