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Big Checks Escape Deeds, Moran

Tim Craig

Terry McAuliffe appears to be the only Democratic candidate for governor who is having luck collecting big checks from donors during the economic downturn, according to campaign finance reports.

McAuliffe collected twice as many campaign contributions of at least $25,000 as Deeds and Moran were able to combined. The distinction is all the more striking because McAuliffe collected his money in six weeks. Moran and Deeds had six months, although both scaled back their fundraising during the fall presidential campaign.

Moran's brother, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.), was his largest contributor during the reporting period. James Moran's congressional campaign wrote Brian Moran a $50,000 check in mid December. Moran also collected four $25,000 contributions during the reporting period, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Deeds collected just three $25,000 checks during the reporting period, which were his largest donations, according to VPAP.

McAuliffe has collected two $100,000 checks, four $50,000 checks and eight $25,000 checks, according to campaign finance reports.

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the GOP nominee, collected one $100,000 donation. McDonnell also had eight donations that ranged from $25,000 to $40,000, according to VPAP.

But political candidates say this is one of the hardest fundraising seasons they have ever experienced..

By Tim Craig  |  January 16, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , James P. Moran Jr. , Tim Craig  
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Right now, VPAP has McAuliffe with $0.00

Posted by: ToddMSmyth | January 16, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

vpap is sometimes delayed in their reporting...

I think it is entertaining that Jimbo Moran is his brother's largest contributor!

Posted by: UVANick | January 16, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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