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