The financial forms are in from the first quarter of 2013 and we are starting to get a sense of who is funding the campaigns of both Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe.
There are some interesting take aways. McAuliffe has a significant Union presence on his financial disclosure report. This is not a surprise for a Democratic candidate. It is worth noting though because of Virginia's right to work status.
Three different national union organizations contributed $100,000. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, The American Federation of Teachers and the International Association of Fire Fighters. In total he took in more than a half a million from unions and their related Political Action Committees (PACs).
Of his notable donors, we told you about the $100,000 from former President Bill Clinton, but he also took in a small donation from Sandy Berger, the former Clinton staffer who pled guilty to removing documents from the National Archives.
Cuccinelli's donor base was, as expected much different than McAuliffe's. His biggest haul came from the Republican Governor's Association which ponied up $1 million, almost half of his entire report. Cuccinelli also took a $25,000 check from Foster Friess, a major conservative donor during the 2012 presidential campaign. Friess, who was a big supporter of Cuccinelli ally Rick Santorum, drew some heat when we went on cable news and said that in his day pregnancy was prevented when "gals put it (an aspirin) between their knees and it wasn't that costly."
Also in Cuccinelli's report is a $2,500 contribution from a company that calls itself "KHSE LLC". KHSE lists their address as 6915 Wolf Run Shoals Road Fairfax Station, VA. They claim to be a radio station.
The trouble is there is no such thing as a radio station called KHSE anywhere in Virginia or Fairfax Station. Just like our look into the McAuliffe $100,000 contribution from Sungate Real Estate, KHSE is not listed as a corporation in Virginia.
A Google search of KHSE doesn't turn up much either, especially in Virginia. In fact the only KHSE listed as a radio station anywhere on the internet is a Wikipedia entry for a station that doesn't appear to be broadcasting.
According to the Cuccinelli campaign officials, much like the McAuliffe situation, it is a case of an honest mistake. In this situation, the donor provided the correct information and the campaign incorrectly assumed it was a radio station. They submitted their filing information as such. A spokesperson for the campaign said that KHSE is actually an investment firm not a radio station. They plan to fix the filing.
However, the campaign could not provide any information as to who runs the company. It is also difficult to find any other information about KHSE the investment firm either. A google search of KHSE LLC Virginia turns up the following:
So while the Cuccinelli camp was quick to jump on an incorrect and potentially misleading item in the McAuliffe report, it appears their reports aren't completely error free either.