Moran Gives $175,000 to Brother in Va. Gubernatorial Race

Posted June 1, 2009 at 6:48pm

With another $50,000 check on May 27, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has now funneled a total of $175,000 from his Congressional campaign account to the gubernatorial efforts of his younger brother, former state Del. Brian Moran (D), according to state campaign disclosure reports released Monday.

Jim Moran has been his brother’s top donor as the younger Moran has engaged in a tough primary battle in the Old Dominion against former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and state Sen. Creigh Deeds. The winner will face former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell in the November general election.

Besides Moran, several current Members have gotten involved in the Democratic primary battle.

The latest reports showed that McAuliffe received a $1,000 donation from Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-N.D.) political action committee on May 8 and a $1,000 donation from the campaign committee of Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) on May 14. Previously, Democratic Reps. James Langevin (R.I.) and Dan Maffei (N.Y.) have been among those who have donated to McAuliffe, whom polls have shown to be the frontrunner.

Deeds has the endorsement and donations from 9th district Rep. Rick Boucher (D).

From April 1 to May 27 Moran raised $844,000 while McAuliffe brought in $1.8 million and Deeds raised $678,000 in contributions. McDonnell raised a whopping $3.7 million during the period.