Senate hopefuls George Allen and Tim Kaine traded letters Tuesday, quarreling over the disclosure of campaign donors. The correspondence between the two was shared by their campaigns, for the rest of the public to see.
It started off with Kaine writing Allen Tuesday morning, proposing the two reach an agreement about the disclosure of donors to Super PACs. Kaine asked Allen to answer what he called the "No Secret Money Challenge."
The letter is addressed to Allen at 2819 North Parham Road, Suite 210 Henrico, VA 23294.
"Dear George," Kaine begins the letter.
"Let's commit that any group running ads or conducting electoral activity for either of us should have to disclose their donors," Kaine says in the letter. "Virginia voters are entitled to know who is funding this campaign. Contributions directly to either of us are already disclosed. But, the third parties filling the airways get to hide behind a cloak of secrecy."
The letter concludes, "If you accept the No Secret Money challenge, in accord with your earlier statements, we can work out basic rules for accomplishing it. Virginians will then be assured of a transparent campaign instead of one dominated by secret special interests who are afraid to face public scrutiny. What do you think?"
By afternoon Allen's campaign released its own letter, addressed to Kaine at 2106 N Hamilton Street,Richmond, VA 23230. Allen slammed Kaine for receiving campaign donations from unions and said voters would view Kaine's request as "an unfortunate gimmick."
It never said explicitly in Allen's letter whether he would accept Kaine's proposal.
"Dear Tim," Allen says in the letter. "It's difficult for voters to take talk of transparency seriously when it comes from a campaign that is substantially funded by big union bosses and their organizations."
Allen continues, "If you truly wanted to base this campaign on Virginia principles you could start by disavowing this compulsory union donation system that extracts money from the pockets of working men and women across America. This will perhaps give you more credibility when speaking about transparency in donations."