Following the Money Behind Tim Kaine

Hillary Clinton has chosen her potential second-in-command if elected to the White House — Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Kaine launched his career as a civil rights lawyer, and he’s no stranger to public service. He’s a former city councilman turned mayor turned lieutenant governor turned governor turned Democratic National Committee chairman turned senator turned newly minted vice presidential candidate. Throughout his time in politics, he’s certainly seen his share of campaign money — we examined the cash behind his extensive career.

A Winning Formula

Kaine has never lost an election since he was elected to the Richmond, Va. City Council in 1994. After serving four years, he was elected mayor of Richmond, and in 2002 he became the lieutenant governor of the state. During his run for lieutenant governor, Kaine raised $2.3 million. One of his biggest donors in 2001 was Gerald T. Halpin an executive for the Virginia-based West Group Management LLC ($40,000), as well as famed author John Grisham ($25,000).

Of note, Virginia is one of 12 states that have no contribution limits on individual donors for statewide elections. Additionally, Virginia is one of four states that offers a tax credit for making political contributions.

Three years later, Kaine became governor of Virginia and a force within the Democratic party — raising $18 million in the process. His 2005 run for governor was buoyed by several special interest groups and big donors, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. These include:

  • Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis ($5,000)
  • Universal Leaf Tobacco ($30,000)
  • Comcast ($30,500)
  • Sprint ($33,453)
  • Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. ($35,000)
  • Billionaire and Democratic megadonor George Soros ($40,000)
  • Microsoft ($42,890)
  • Altria tobacco ($50,000)
  • Novelist John Grisham ($75,000)
  • Billionaire Randall J. Kirk ($100,000); Kirk and his companies gave Kaine and his PACs nearly a million dollars between 2005-2012. Kaine later…

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