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McAuliffe Raises $1 million in 6 weeks

Tim Craig

Terry McAuliffe announced today he's raised nearly $1 million since mid November for his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

In a memo to donors, McAuliffe said he doubled his goal of $500,000. The memo said almost all of the money came from people who own homes or businesses in Virginia. McAuliffe's campaign estimates that less than $40,000 came from out of state.

Campaign finance reports for July 1 to December 31 are due Thursday. McAuliffe becomes the first candidate to release his number. But his big number will likely send shudders through his opponents' campaigns.

During the first six months of 2008, Democratic candidate Brian J. Moran took in about $1.4 million, although some of that money was transferred from an old political account.
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), also a Democratic candidate for governor next year, raised $783,000 in the January to June 2008 reporting period. Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the GOP nominee, took in $878,000 from last January to June.

McAuliffe has essentially raised in six weeks what Moran, Deeds and McDonnell raised in six months when they began their campaigns for governor. But Moran, Deeds and McDonnell had to stop raising money during the 60-day legislative session last winter.

By Tim Craig  |  January 12, 2009; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Why does this guy want to come in here and try to steal the Mansion? Just because you own a house does not make you a Virginian

Posted by: CrimsonTide1 | January 12, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... I guess because you own a house, live in Virginia for over 20 years, pay income taxes, pay property taxes, send your children to Virginia schools, and the list goes on... I think THAT would probably qualify you for being a Virginian. I'm not sure what else does, unless there is a memo I didn't receive.

Posted by: UVANick | January 13, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm happy that McAuliff has decided to run. Since I support Sen. Deeds, I figure that McAuliff and Moran splitting the liberal Dems will make this a cake walk for Sen. Deeds. I've lived over 40 years in Virginia, and those who think it's a blue state are a bit early in their predictions. To win state-wide, a Dem. must be moderate (sorry, Del. Moran), and beleived by folks to have a more of a stake in the state than owning a home(sorry, Mr. McAuliff). McAuliff's national creds don't play here in Virginia. We're not NY.

Posted by: IrishRose | January 13, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

All one needs to know about McAuliffe is he made his "bones" with Global Crossing. Look it up. Run this carpetbagger out of the Commonwealth.

Posted by: redclay13 | January 14, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

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