Cuccinelli Fundraising Nears $100,000
Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax), a candidate for attorney general next year, said today he expects to have between $80,000 and $100,000 in his campaign account by the end of the month.
State candidates have to file campaign finance reports for the first half of the year with the State Board of Elections by July 15. Cuccinelli said his fundraising has been a success, considering he doesn't plan to fully ramp up his campaign until after the presidential and U.S. Senate races conclude in November.
"It's hard to capture people's attention, which is why we are focusing on the grassroots," Cuccinelli said.
Cuccinelli estimates he will need to raise between $750,000 to $1 million to successfully compete for the Republican nomination. Former governor James S. Gilmore III spent a little under $1 million in his bid to win the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate this year.
The state party will hold a convention in May or early June to elect its nominee. Former federal prosecutor John L. Brownlee and former Arlington County school board chairman David M. Foster are also expected to seek the GOP nomination.
Because he is member of the General Assembly, Cuccinelli's fundraising efforts will have to take a pause from January to the end of February. Under state law, state elected officials cannot raise money during the legislative session.
"I am going to have a problem in January and February that my opponents don't," Cuccinelli said. "But that's all right. They don't get to put in bills, but I do."
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