Clinton & Friends Pony Up
Two of former President Bill Clinton's biggest supporters combined to donate half-a-million dollars to Terry McAuliffe's campaign for governor, according to campaign filings made public this evening.
The former president pitched in $10,000 of his own towards McAuliffe's substantial haul of $4.2 million.
Rivals for the Democratic nomination in the 2009 gubernatorial campaign, Brian Moran and state Sen. Creigh Deeds, turned more to their Virginia neighbors for contributions. Moran raised $807,000 during the three month period that ended March 31. Deeds raised nearly $729,000.
A number of longtime Clinton donors appear to have provided the backbone of McAuliffe's fundraising machine, according to data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. Hollywood moguls Haim Saban ($251,000) and Stephen Bing ($250,000) topped the list. Other familiar names from the Clinton fundraising team include New York businessman Bernard L. Schwartz ($20,000), former top Hillary Clinton fundraisers Hassan Nemazee ($10,000) and Alan J. Patricof ($5,000). Developer and television personality Donald Trump ($25,000) also pitched in.
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