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Clinton Helps McAuliffe Raise Money

Tim Craig

Former President Bill Clinton attended Terry McAuliffe's fundraiser last week on Park Avenue, according to the New York Observer.

The fundraiser was hosted by Hassan Nemazee, an investment banker; Marc Lasry, a billionaire financier whose company hired Chelsea Clinton; and Douglas Band, the former president's chief counsel.

According the Observer, Clinton introduced McAuliffe at the event, telling the audience, "it was an honor and a privilege to be a supporter of Terry McAuliffe and to be in a position to return the favor that he has done for me and Hillary for so many years."

The event raised $350,000, according to the Observer.

Clinton's endorsement of McAuliffe could make Sen. R. Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran, who are also candidates in the June primary, a bit uncomfortable at next week's Jefferson Jackson Day dinner. On Sunday, the Virginia Democratic Party announced that Clinton will be the headline speaker at the dinner.

By Tim Craig  |  January 27, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Comments

Not surprisingly, this is bad news for McAuliffe's chances in Virginia.

"The fundraiser was hosted by Hassan Nemazee, an investment banker; Marc Lasry, a billionaire financier whose company hired Chelsea Clinton; and Douglas Band, the former president's chief counsel."

Keep up the reporting, Tim Craig, of McAuliffe's New York hedge fund friends' donations!

Posted by: millionea7 | January 27, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I predict that Bill Clinton will not publicly endorse McAuliffe when he speaks at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, so as not to anger anyone there. But his support is implicit.

Posted by: franko2 | January 27, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. If the Clintons don't endorse Terry, it will be seen as a slight. He's done so much for them over the years... I don't think implicit support is enough. I think it will be seen as a slap in the face.

Posted by: citizenchick | January 27, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh he'll publicly endorse, just not until after the event. The entire VA Democratic establishment will be there, and it would be a slap in the face to everyone else if Bill used his keynote address at this annual event as a stump for McAuliffe.

Posted by: franko2 | January 27, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

If he still wins with this much dissent from VA voters, I suggest we demand a full investigation from the Federal Government to include our Governor Kaine since we all know he and his back-office No-Bid dealing buddies are guilty of more than just screwing us over...

Posted by: indep2 | January 27, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If he still wins with this much dissent from VA voters, I suggest we demand a full investigation from the Federal Government to include our Governor Kaine since we all know he and his back-office No-Bid dealing buddies are guilty of more than just screwing us over...

Posted by: indep2 | January 27, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The baldfaced arrogance of this carpetbagging slimeball is infuriating. How any Virginian worthy of that appellation could support him is beyond me.

Posted by: franklinmjohnson | January 27, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

indep2, I hardly think you can call what you see here "this much dissent." Besides, I'll support McAuliffe if he wins the primary. Can you expound on what "more than screwing us over" crimes Kaine is guilty of?

Posted by: franko2 | January 27, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Democrats should boycott the dinner. That would send a message!

Posted by: dottie_b | January 27, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So whats with all the Clinton Haters? Bill clinton has done a lot of good for the world with his clinton global initiative, and clinton foundation.
Hillary Clinton will be working hard as secretary of state,trying fo fix the screw-ups of bush/cheney/rumsfeld/rove- "the 4 horsemen/ the High command;
and rehabbing the USA's tarnished image in the rest of the world- forbetter or worse, america is still the shining beacon of hope for 99% of the worlds peoples. the rest- well- 1%'rs- losers, malcontents, criminals, terrorists.
The clintons rose up from average middle class america to where they are today. chelsea clinton is america's sweetheart/political pin-up girl for lots of aspiring young democrat Males; and females, too.
So why not terry mcauliffe for governor? whats the worst that could happen? the only way the USA can go is up.
McAuliffes biggest obstacle , the way i see it is the legions of religious fundamentalist extremists hauntung virginia- Robertson, falwell, and their kooky kool-aid drinking minions. Pray to god that any democrat is better than another republican nut-jobs. Karl Rove is the devil!(IMHO)

Posted by: dcroach | January 27, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm still surprised people are using the "carpetbagger" argument. They obviously don't understand the facts. Someone please explain how McAuliffe is a carpetbagger? I would love to break that one down.

Posted by: UVANick | January 28, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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