RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new group funded by a prominent Democratic campaign donor is promising financial help to state politicians who reject money from the state's largest electric utility.

The Clean Virginia Project said in a statement Thursday that it would give $2,500 a year to state delegates and $5,000 a year to state senators who pledge to reject any contributions from Dominion Energy.

Charlottesville investor Michael Bills is a major funder of the new group. He said Dominion has corrupted state politics with its large campaign donations and used its political influence to take advantage of its customers.

Dominion spokesman David Botkins said: "people can do whatever they want to with their money."

The announcement comes as lawmakers are set to vote on a Dominion-backed re-write of how electric monopolies are regulated.