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Republican frontrunner for Virginia governor facing criticism for previously working with Democrats

One of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination for Virginia governor is facing last-minute criticisms as documents have surfaced indicating he worked for Democrats on multiple occasions.

Digital marketing pioneer Pete Snyder, a top-tier candidate going into a GOP primary convention on Saturday in Virginia, earned more than $7,200 from the Democratic National Committee in 2000 for “media” and “media consulting” work, records indicate. Snyder previously faced scrutiny because his company, New Media Strategies, took $140,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2005 and 2006. Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), who ran the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1999 to 2003, told The Post that he’s outraged that Snyder was “working for the opposition” and that he’s concerned that he did so on multiple occasions.

“The company was Pete. I mean, Pete was the owner of the company. This wasn’t like a publicly held company or something like that. This was a closely held company,” Davis said. “I’m surprised and disappointed that while I was working to deliver the Republicans a majority in 2000, he’s out there working, it looks like, for Al Gore and the Democrats.” Davis added, “If you don’t have a high tolerance for hypocrisy, you probably don’t belong in politics. But this is kind of the height of it.”

Snyder’s defenders have argued his firm did relatively little work for the money from Democrats and that the company offered services such as monitoring discussion boards and tracking TV clips — tasks that seemed groundbreaking two decades ago but that are no longer impressive. Snyder founded New Media Strategies in 1999 before selling it in 2007 to Meredith Corporation. The company’s work included corporate, entertainment and political campaigns [NY Post].

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