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Moran Raises Nearly $1.4 Million in Six Months

Tim Craig

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) will announce today he's raised about $1.4 million so far this year for his campaign for governor, which his staff is touting as a record haul for a gubernatorial candidate making their first bid for statewide office.

According to a statement Moran plans to release today, Virginians for Brian Moran will report it has $800,000 in the bank. Moran is expected to face off against Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) next spring for the Democratic nomination.

Although the primary is almost a year away, Moran has been accelerating his campaign efforts in recent weeks, including building staff and traveling the state.

Since January 2006, Moran has raised over $3.3 million, including about $1.4 million during the first six months of 2008, even though he couldn't raise money from Jan. 9 to March 13 because the General Assembly was in session.

The money Moran raised so far this year includes $393,000 that he transferred from his old political account, Friends of Brian Moran, meaning he actually raised about $1 million in new money in 2008, according to his campaign staff.

"He is getting help from people across the entire Commonwealth because Democrats realize he has a strong record and the best chance to win November of 2009," said Mame Reiley, director of Virginians for Brian Moran. "Brian's strong performance lays the groundwork for an impressive statewide finance effort and a successful campaign."

Reiley, a veteran Virginia Democratic strategist and fundraiser, said Moran raised even more money during the first since months of this year than either Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) or former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore (R) did during the first half of 2004, when they were both gearing up to run for governor in 2005.

"I am humbled and encouraged by this support and the generosity of my friends, both old and new," Moran said. "It has been a pleasure to get to know Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth - citizens who truly care about the direction of our state. The response has been amazing."

Deeds has not yet released his fundraising totals, but at least one of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington), sent out an appeal for money on his behalf last month.

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell is expected run unopposed for the GOP nomination, giving him an advantage in the race for campaign cash because the general election may cost both party's candidates about $20 million.

By Tim Craig  |  July 7, 2008; 12:07 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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