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Business group freezes campaign donations over transportation

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The Greater Washington Board of Trade announced Wednesday it would not donate to any General Assembly candidate until the legislature secures transportation money.

“The Board of Trade is calling on the Virginia legislature to take responsibility for the state’s transportation crisis before the lack of infrastructure funding further diminishes Greater Washington’s business climate and its residents’ quality of life,” Jim Dinegar, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, said in a statement.

The legislature left Richmond last week after failing to find common ground on how to create new transportation maintenance and construction funds.

The board of trade is a business network in the Greater Washington area that represents more than 900 businesses.

The group donated $27,000 to political candidates in 2007, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.  Almost 60 percent of that money went to Democratic candidates. Dinegar told The Washington Post that individual members of the group contributed up to $100,000.


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