Jolt: Koch Brothers Connection to McKenna; Kucinich to Stay in Ohio

By Afternoon Jolt September 13, 2011

Today's Loser: Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.

Attorney General Rob McKenna is trying to position himself as a moderate Republican in his run for governor. Well, this doesn't help his case.

McKenna's most recent campaign finance reports show August 22 maxed out donations from Richard Gilliam, the founder and manager of Cumberland Development, a coal mining company in Keswick, Virginia and his wife Leslie.

D.C. news publication Politico recently reported that Gilliam is one of the infamous Koch brothers' $1 million donors. The Koch brothers thanked Gilliam for being a member of their $1 million Donor Club at their June retreat in Vail. (As we reported last year, the Tea Party-friendly Koch Brothers have played in Washington State before.)

Services Group of America also donated $1,600 to McKenna in August. Their principals were listed as members of Koch's $1 million Donor Club also.

Gilliam has a long history of donating to conservative candidates and gave over $356,000 in 2010 alone. 

Today's winner: State Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz.

US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who had been considering a run for Congress in Washington State if redistricting eliminated his Ohio district, will get to keep his seat after all. "It is an amazing turn of events that the legislature decided not to dismantle the district I represent," Kucinich said in a statement. "I have been praying that I could continue to serve my Cleveland-area constituency and it looks like I have a chance.

State Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz had a conniption fit when Kucinich said he was thinking of running here, warning that the Ohio Democrat could play a spoiler role in either the newly created 10th District or the 1st and hand the seat to a Republican. "Stay [in Ohio], Dennis," Pelz said. Looks like he got his wish.
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