Monday, March 27, 2006

New Friends in Virginia

The Virginian-Pilot reports today that many of the companies that bankrolled Kilgore’s campaign for governor beat a hasty retreat after he lost and chipped in to help towards the costs of festivities for Kaine's inauguration.

Amerigroup Corp., a Virginia Beach-based managed health care company, gave the
Kilgore campaign $121,000, one of its biggest contributions, while giving
nothing to Kaine, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks
campaign finance data statewide.

The company, however, later gave $50,000 to Kaine’s inaugural committee, making Amerigroup one of Kaine ’s top donors. All told, Kaine’s inauguration committee collected $3.1 million, according to VPAP.

Amazing, win an election and they’re lining up like show dogs at Minstrel; lose, and nobody remembers you.

Maybe this coming election cycle, corporate Virginia will be a little more charitable towards our Democratic brethren. No longer are Republican victories preordained, which brings to mind that old song from the Broadway musical hit, Cabaret. “Everybody loves a winner, so nobody loved me.”

Start winning and everyone is your bestest pal; lose a few elections, and you’re on the outside looking in.

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