Warner Writes $25,000 Check to The Coalition
Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner’s One Virginia PAC contributed $25,000 to The Commonwealth Coalition’s campaign to defeat Ballot Question #1, the Marshall-Newman amendment, which would write discrimination into Virginia’s bill of rights.
Ellen Qualls, Warner’s spokesperson, told the Washington Blade that Warner hopes the contribution “will spur other organizations and individuals to make their own donations to the cause. “ “Governor Warner has been supportive of the ‘Vote No’ effort and has lent the expertise of his fundraising staff,” said Qualls. “He was a featured guest at one of The Commonwealth Coalition’s] fundraising parties. He is supportive of the campaign they are running and is writing a big check from his state PAC to show that.”
Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, campaign manager of The Commonwealth Coalition, told the Blade that Warner shares the organization’s belief that passage of the amendment would send “the wrong message” about Virginia to citizens and potential employers.
“We are very grateful to have former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner’s strong and active support of our campaign to defeat Ballot Question One,” said Gastanaga.
Qualls said Warner will be talking about the amendment in media interviews as the election draws closer.
“[The Commonwealth Coalition] needs to educate Virginia voters about how far-reaching the amendment is, and they need big checks to do that,” she said.