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Local businesses and executives put money behind Cuccinelli, McAuliffe

Last week, the political arm of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, TechPAC, vowed to stick to its endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II. But they are not the only local business interests backing Cuccinelli or his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe. ¶ Washington area companies and executives — including the founder of RLJ Cos., the chief executive of one of Virginia’s largest law firms, a leader at one of Washington’s top-grossing lobby shops and some of the region’s biggest real estate developers — are showing their support through hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. ¶For both candidates, the most donations by industry — by far — are coming from the political sector (national and state party committees). But after that, a handful of private industries are dominating campaign donations. For Cuccinelli, it’s the energy and real estate sectors. For his rival McAuliffe, it’s labor, finance, law and retail, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, the nonprofit group that tracks money in Virginia politics. ¶ Here’s a sample of who in the local business community is backing each candidate. It is not a complete list of donors.

Ken Cuccinelli II

Some of Cuccinelli’s top individual donors from the Washington region are local real estate developers.

Real estate developers

Chris Roth, Trammell Crow Co., McLean — $30,000.

Robert Pence, Pence-Friedel Developers, McLean — $20,000.

Tim Chapman, real estate developer, Chapman Development, Reston — $15,000.

Herbert Morgan, Sequoia Corp., real estate developer, Arlington — $10,000 plus $2,230 in-kind donation: airfare.


Reginald J. Brown, vice chairman of financial institutions group at law firm WilmerHale, D.C. — $10,000.

Tom Franz, president and chief executive of law firm Williams Mullen, Richmond — $1,000.

Loren Monroe, lobbyist and principal at BGR Goverment Affairs, D.C. — $3,000.

Dan Murphy, lobbyist, principal & general counsel at lobby firm BGR Government Affairs, D.C. — $500.


J. Douglas Perry, chairman emeritus and co-founder, Dollar Tree Stores, Virginia Beach — $12,000.

Robert Alexander, chief information officer, Capital One, Henrico — $1,000.


Altria, tobacco, Richmond — $25,000 plus $1,046 in-kind donation: event facility rental/catering.

Dominion, utilities, Richmond — $25,000.

Rosenthal Cos., auto dealer, Arlington — $25,000.

Hunton & Williams, law firm, Richmond — $10,000 plus $658 in-kind donation: event catering/facility rental.

Troutman Sanders, law firm, Richmond — $10,000 plus $269 in-kind donation: event catering.

Williams Mullen, law firm, Richmond — $10,000.

Terry McAuliffe

Among the candidate’s biggest donors are unions including Laborers’ International Union of North America, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and Service Employees International Union.


Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of RLJ Cos.and founder of BET — $250,000.

Ronald D. Abramson, partner, law firm Buchanan Ingersoll, D.C. — $50,000.

Thomas A DePasquale, ConCur Technologies (which provides travel and expense management software to companies), Arlington — $50,000.

Frank M. (Rusty) Conner III, managing partner of D.C. office of law firm DLA Piper— $10,000 plus $1,626 in-kind donations: catering, food and office supplies.

Dario Marquez, president and chief executive of private security contractor MVM, Ashburn — $11,000.

Hossein Fateh, co-founder, president and chief executive of real estate investment trust Dupont Fabros Tech, D.C. — $10,000.

Conrad Cafritz, chairman and chief executive of Cafritz Interests and Potomac Hospitality Services, D.C. — $7,500.

Steve Elmendorf, lobbyist and co-founder of Elmendorf Ryan — $5,000 plus $4,060 in-kind donation: event expenses.


Dominion, utilities, Richmond — $25,000.

Gephardt Group Government Affairs, lobbying — $25,000.

Sunburst Hospitality Corp. (which operates hotels in nine states including Maryland and Virginia), Silver Spring — $15,000.

GreenTech, Arlington (the electric car company founded by McAuliffe and two business partners) — $12,233, all in-kind donation for travel.


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Catherine Ho covers lobbying at The Washington Post. She previously worked at the LA Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Wichita Eagle and the San Mateo County Times.



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