McAuliffe Raises $1 million in 6 weeks
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.
January 12, 2009; 2:37 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig
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