Youngkin ad-maker gets state contract for tourism video

RICHMOND, Va. — Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is facing criticism from Democrats after a newspaper reported that his political ad-maker recently received a six-figure contract to produce a state tourism video featuring the governor. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Richmond-based Poolhouse made what was ultimately the single, winning bid for the project on the first day solicitations went out and received a $268,600 contract. The video showcases Virginia tourism destinations and includes a welcome and some narration from the governor. State officials defended the project, while Democrats questioned the use of taxpayer dollars. A Youngkin spokesman said the governor was excited to participate in the project.

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