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A Virginia energy company is facing backlash for funding ads against Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin aimed at stifling pro-gun voters.

The ads were funded by Dominion Energy’s Political Action Committee, a company Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe said would not take the money and which gave $200,000 in the third quarter to the Accountability Virginia PAC.

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The Accountability Virginia PAC belongs to leading Democrats and was running ads attacking Youngkin from the right in an apparent attempt to house pro-gun Virginia voters.

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axios first informed of The ads in question, which Youngkin’s spokeswoman Macaulay Porter blasted as a ploy by McAuliffe’s campaign and the Old Dominion Democrats, “instruct their special interest peers to dump obscene amounts of money into shady organizations to protect their vested interests.” Call for.”

However, facing backlash, Dominion Energy asked for its 200 grand back, saying that despite knowing who supported the PAC, the anti-Yungkin group intended to do the donation, they were “to vet it.” failed”.

Dominion CEO Bob Blue wrote, “This weekend we were reminded that going above and beyond in transparency is necessary, but not enough. Based on our own disclosures, two news reports shed light on the activities of the Accountability Virginia PAC. Dala, which we will not accept or willfully endorse.” in one E-mail for employees.

“Although the accountability Virginia PAC sponsors are familiar with, we failed to adequately verify the scope of their intended activities,” Blue wrote, asking for a refund. “All the same, we have asked that our contributions be returned.”

“Like any failure to live up to our core values, we will learn from it and carry on the lessons learned,” he said. “We will not give in to organizations of this nature in the future.”

Ads on social media questioned Youngkin’s Second Amendment stance, targeting voters in the western part of the Commonwealth where Republicans have a heavy presence.

McAuliffe vowed not to take a cent from Dominion Energy from the start of his campaign, echoing his promise from his failed 2009 campaign.

When McAuliffe won the governorship in 2013, however, his campaign took tens of thousands of dollars from Dominion Energy.

The energy company is a heavy political donor in Virginia, giving to both Republicans and Democrats, although there has been a bipartisan push to cut money from Dominion.

A Dominion Energy spokesperson pointed to the CEO’s email to Granthshala News, saying the letter “speaks for itself.”