Virginia James

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Virginia James
Born Passaic, New Jersey
Residence Lambertville, New Jersey
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Investor

Virginia James, also known as Virginia Manheimer[1] and Virginia Gilder,[2][3] is a self-employed investor and conservative donor.

Personal life and education[edit]

James grew up in Passaic, New Jersey and Levittown, Pennsylvania. While working as a secretary on Wall Street, she met her husband, Richard Gilder.[2] The couple divorced in 1994.[4] James lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.[5] James graduated from Columbia University.[2]

Political activity[edit]

James is Chairwoman of the Empire Foundation for Policy Research, founder of A Brighter Choice (ABC) Scholarships, and a member of the board of the Foundation for Education Reform and Accessibility.[6] James and her ex-husband helped found the Empire Foundation, a conservative think tank, in 1991.[2] James is a supporter of school vouchers. In 1996, James offered to pay for 90% of the private school tuition for any student of Giffen Memorial, an Albany primary school.[4]

James is a co-founder of The Club for Growth,[7] to which she donated $700,000 in 2008.[1] James is on the leadership council of the Club for Growth.[8] James donated $1 million in 2014, $500,000 in 2013, $1.2 million in 2012, and $350,000 in 2010 to the Club for Growth Action.[3][9] James has also donated to George Pataki,[2] Ted Cruz, Richard Mourdock,[10] and Steve Lonegan.[11] James was a major supporter of Let Freedom Ring, John Templeton, Jr.'s organization that opposed the election of Barack Obama in 2008.[1] James donated $200,000 to Women Speak Out PAC, a project of the Susan B. Anthony List that opposed the re-election of Barack Obama.[12] James donated $400,000 to All Children Matter, Dick Devos's school voucher advocacy group.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Will (3 November 2008). "Big Bucks Let Freedom Ring". NPR. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Rosewicz, Barbara. "Ms. Gilder's Excellent Experiment". Council on Foundations. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Cooper, Kent (20 March 2014). "Club for Growth Action Gets $1 Million Donation". Roll Call. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Dao, James (29 September 1997). "How to Make a Poor School Change; A Well-Financed Exodus of Students Is Countered by a Flurry of Fixing". New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Yang, Jia Lynn (11 October 2013). "Here's who pays the bills for Ted Cruz's crusade". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Board of Trustees". Foundation for Education Reform and Accessibility. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Burton, Cynthia (28 October 2004). "'Soft money' flows to campaigns A handful of wealthy individuals in N.J. and Pa. have contributed millions to the so-called "527" groups". Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Bravender, Robin (20 February 2012). "Club for Growth super PAC raises $1.5M". Politico. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Kent (20 September 2013). "Super PAC Has $500,000 Donor". Roll Call. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Schouten, Fredreka (25 September 2013). "10 people heavily fund conservative anti-tax super PAC". USA Today. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Rizzo, Salvador (14 October 2013). "Booker raises 8 times more cash than Lonegan in U.S. Senate race". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Super PAC: Women Speak Out PAC". New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "All Children Matter Fined for Illegally Funneling Campaign Money". Wisconsin Education Association Council. Retrieved 30 November 2013.