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Last night we joined 2,000 DC stars at the 2015 Fight for Children Fight Night at the Washington Hilton.

Under Armour was the presenting sponsor working to raise $5M for education for children in need. We snapped its CEO Kevin Plank and wife D.J. with boxing legend Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and USA Boxing heavyweight Cam Awesome.

Peter O'Keefe at Fight Night

Guests enjoyed a lavish VIP reception prior to the big event with a great silent auction and terrific appetizers. Here, VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe is bookended by MTM’s Dean Morehouse and Greenvale Ventures’ Peter O’Keefe and by former Rep. and NBA player Tom McMillen and attorney Bill Sudow.

Founded by the late Joe Robert, Fight Night’s been a top event for 25 years. Here, developer Jim Abdo, CBRE Managing Director David Dorros, with Children’s National’s Julie Butler and its CEO, Kurt Newman.

Entertainment was by Frank Sinatra Jr. and the Electric Light Orchestra. Here, ‘Skins Cheerleaders Masako and Tasha bookend JLL VP Lester Carver and SVP Andrew O’Brien.

Monumental Sports’ Grant Hastings, Georgetown’s Hilary Halpern and Milica Tasic, and private banker Mark Dillon.

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Big spenders pour $530,000 into McAuliffe PAC over four months

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) raised $530,000 from major donors for his political action committee over the past four months as he gears up for this fall’s state legislative elections.

The governor has made it his mission to bring the state Senate, which is closely divided, under Democratic control. A veteran fundraiser, McAuliffe is expected to lead the way in gathering the necessary cash through his PAC, Common Good VA.

In his first 15 months in office, however, McAuliffe has not outpaced his predecessor, former governor Robert F. McDonnell (R), in big donations, according to a Virginia Public Access Project comparison. McAuliffe took in $2.1 million in donations over $10,000 through his PAC; McDonnell took in $2.2 million in the same time period.

McAuliffe may have outpaced McDonnell in small donors, as he has before; those numbers will not be released until April 15.

Common Good VA can take unlimited donations, but the money can be spent only on state — not federal — campaigns.

There are several familiar names in the list of donors. The popular novelist David Baldacci, who supported McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign, gave $10,000. John Cohlan, the chief executive of the Margaritaville restaurant and entertainment chain who helped fund McAuliffe’s inauguration, gave $50,000.

The California-based developer behind a Prince William golf communityalso gave $50,000, as did an Illinois contracting company.

McAuliffe is known for his close professional and personal ties to the Clintons as well as their network of wealthy supporters. Michael Halle, a top adviser, recently left McAuliffe’s PAC to head up Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential efforts in Iowa.

Two of McAuliffe’s $25,000 supporters, Wal-Mart and the biotech firm Genentech, are also major donors to the Clinton Foundation. Nathan Landow, a real estate developer who raised more than $600,000 for Bill Clinton’s campaigns, gave $10,000. So did Peter O’Keefe, a longtime McAuliffe friend and business associate who worked at the Democratic National Committee and was on Clinton’s White House staff. John Boland, a close friend who did business with McAuliffe in the 1990s, also gave $10,000, as did Sudhakar V. Shenoy, who was involved in McAuliffe’s electric car venture, GreenTech Automotive, as chairman of the board of Gulf Coast Funds Management.

The Democratic Governors Association also shipped $30,000 to McAuliffe’s committee coffers. Hospitals, credit unions, resort developers and beer distributors chipped in as well.

Republicans hold two more seats in the state Senate than Democrats. Although the governor has been touting a healthy working relationship with his political opponents — including in fundraising appeals for his PAC — he has also promised to fight them aggressively this fall.


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McAuliffe hoists a pint on St. Patrick’s Day

You’re not going to find green beer at Rosie Connolly’s in Shockoe Bottom. The Irish-owned pub and restaurant, established in 2004, is the real deal in Richmond.

But on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, you could find Gov. Terry McAuliffe, along with several high-level staffers, quaffing a late afternoon pint to honor Ireland’s patron saint.

“Cheers, everybody!” the governor said to the crowd, which, like him, was wearin’ some green and drinking some Guinness.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, an honorary Irishman, and Communications Director Brian Coy rounded out the governor’s merry band, in addition to longtime McAuliffe friend and politico Peter O’Keefe.

They were accompanied by the hard-luck Virginia State Police Executive Protection Unit — who had to watch dry-mouthed while everyone around them wet their whistle.

McAuliffe, whose family roots trace to County Cork, was treated to a performance outside the pub by the Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society and the Richmond Pipes & Drums bands.

And when the whine of the pipes had waned, he stepped inside the woody and lively establishment to share the gift of gab — and iPhone photos — with pub patrons.

Buoyed by his rhetorical success at the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington last weekend, the governor was in full Blarney mode, glad-handing and back-slapping bar patrons, and even stepping behind the rail to learn the art of dispensing a proper pint from pub owner Tommy Goulding.

Legend says that in the 5th century, St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland. But on Tuesday, McAuliffe spun a different tale — how he has brought a pot o’ gold to the commonwealth in the form of economic investment.

After an hour it was time for the governor to head back to the Capitol, to contend with both.

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