Ralph Northam

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Corporate interests including Dominion Energy and tobacco giant Altria are making big contributions to pay for Ralph Northam’s inauguration as governor next month.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that more than a third of the nearly $650,000 raised by Northam’s inaugural committee comes from corporate and business interests. Dominion and Altria each contributed $50,000. Capital One and Omega Protein, which catches large amounts of fish at its Reedville facility to manufacture health supplements, each contributed $25,000.

The contributions follow a campaign in which corporate donations were scrutinized and Northam, a Democrat, proposed a ban on corporate campaign donations. A Northam spokeswoman said the governor-elect is appreciative of the donations and that the inauguration is not a political event, but a celebration designed to bring all Virginians together