Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell met with casino mogul billionaire and Republican financier Sheldon Adelson just a week after the presidential election, POLITICO reports. Adelson notably helped bolster the candidacy of Newt Gingrich, by donating millions of dollars to a pro-Gingrich Super PAC. Adelson later donated money to Super PAC's supporting GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
According to the POLITICO report, Adelson huddled with McDonnell last month at the winter meeting of the Republican Governor's Association, along with several other governors, including Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.
The meeting between Adelson and McDonnell, who cannot seek a second consecutive term in office, may further stoke rumors of a future presidential campaign.
But according to the report, McDonnell has not been alone in meeting with top donors. According to the story Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has also been meeting with fundraisers, though Warner has not made clear if he'll make a bid for re-election in 2014. He recently said he would not seek a return to his old job as governor of Virginia in 2013. Warner declined to make a White House bid in 2008, calling a press conference in late 2006 at a Richmond hotel to announce his decision.