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Sonjia Smith Funded Half of Perriello’s Early Haul

Her husband is Ralph Northam’s biggest backer.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 13, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Sonjia Smith “re­cently gave $500,000 to” former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D). “Smith’s con­tri­bu­tion ac­counts for nearly half of the $1.1 mil­lion that Per­ri­ello has col­lec­ted since he de­clared his can­did­acy last month. Though fun­drais­ing re­ports are not due un­til mid-April, the former con­gress­man let slip his total this past week — without men­tion­ing Smith or her lar­gess.”

Smith’s hus­band, Char­lottes­ville “in­vest­ment wiz­ard” Mi­chael Bills, is Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam’s (D) “biggest donor — so far. Bills has giv­en the front-run­ner for the 2017 nom­in­a­tion $150,000 of the $3 mil­lion that the lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor has raised since Janu­ary 2015. (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

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