GOP Senate candidate Nick Freitas has hired the consulting business run by former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his sister, Maureen McDonnell, to help with fundraising.
Freitas, a state delegate from Culpeper, is competing for the GOP Senate nomination with Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, and E.W. Jackson, a minister from Chesapeake. The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in November.
Freitas paid the McDonnell Group $29,942.48 in the newest reporting period.
Laura Meyers, a spokeswoman for the Freitas campaign, said the campaign specifically hired Maureen McDonnell to be its chief fundraising consultant.
McDonnell and his sister started the consulting company before the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2016 vacated his convictions for public corruption in a gifts scandal from his time in office.
Maureen McDonnell was the finance director for U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-2nd, who served 2011-17. She said she met Freitas through state Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, for whom she did fundraising work in his unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor last year.
“I fundraise for political clients for a living,” she said. In the consulting group, “he does the corporate stuff and I focus on the political stuff.”
Of Freitas, she said, “I believe in Nick 100 percent. Of the three in the race, he’s really the right guy for so many reasons.”
Bob McDonnell, governor from 2010 to 2014, also works as a lawyer at the Virginia Beach firm of Poole Brooke Plumlee PC and is a distinguished professor at Regent University, where he earned his law degree and a master’s degree in public policy.
With one week to go before the primary, none of the three Republican candidates has gone on TV with ads, although a super PAC that backs U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is expected to air TV ads promoting Freitas.
The Freitas campaign on Tuesday announced new digital and radio ads it said would run statewide. In one, the campaign attacks Stewart’s support of tax increases as board chairman in Prince William. Freitas also announced a rally with Paul on Saturday in Leesburg.
Stewart was holding campaign events in Roanoke and Lynchburg on Tuesday and will hold an event at 7 p.m. Thursday at Anna’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Mechanicsville.
Jackson will hold a “Political and Spiritual Fire Rally” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Richmond Downtown, according to his Facebook page.