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Perriello Funded by Billionaire

Democrat Tom Perriello’s fundraising haul of $2.2 million in the first three months of 2017, the highest among all candidates in Virginia’s governor’s race, was powered in part by several six-figure checks from outside the state, including $385,000 from billionaire investor George Soros and his sons and $200,000 from a New York-based nonprofit Perriello co-founded a decade ago. Perriello, a former congressman and diplomat who shocked Virginia’s Democratic establishment by jumping into the governor’s race in January, raised more than Lt. Gov Ralph Northam, his Democratic primary rival who took in $1.4 million between January and March, and Republican frontrunner Ed Gillespie, who raised nearly $1.9 million over the same period, according to reports that were due to the state Monday and compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.

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