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Energy donors have given Democrats more than Republicans

Energy donors have given Democrats more than Republicans

RICHMOND — Virginia Democrats have received more campaign cash from top natural gas, coal and electric utility donors this election cycle than Republicans, according to recently filed campaign finance reports posted online by the Virginia Public Access Project.

For the past several decades, the opposite had been true: Republicans have typically received the lion’s share of contributions from Virginia’s wealthiest energy companies.

Stephen Farnsworth, director of University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said energy companies might be reacting to the shifting political landscape in Virginia.

“It’s clear...

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