Deeds Raises $600,000
State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds raised more than $600,000 over the past six weeks and has $1.2 million in the bank for his bid to become the Democratic nominee for governor.
Deeds (D-Bath) was prohibited by law from raising money during the 45-day legislative session this year. But Deeds is now the second-best funded candidate in the race, trailing Terry McAuliffe.
Deeds' fundraising total for the quarter put him on par with one of his Democratic rivals, former delegate Brian Moran (Alexandria), who raised $800,000 during the first three months of the year. Moran resigned from the House last year to focus on his fundraising.
Deeds's aides said the candidate received 97 percent of his money in this quarter from within Virginia.
"Some people said that it was foolish of me to give up 46 days of campaign fundraising in order to stay and fight for you in the Virginia Senate," Deeds wrote in an e-mailed letter to supporters. "They said that I had no shot of keeping up with my opponents.
"But as we've said all along, we are on track to have the resources we need to let every Democratic primary voter know I'm the one candidate who's best prepared to continue the legacy of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine."
Deeds, a self-described "country lawyer" who was the first candidate to enter the gubernatorial race in December 2007, faces Moran and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, in the June 9 primary.
McAuliffe announced yesterday that he had raised $4.2 million so far this year, besting previous fundraising totals by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in 2005 and former governor Mark R. Warner (D) in 2001.
Since the start of the campaign, McAuliffe has raised about $5.2 million. Moran has received almost $3 million and Deeds has gotten nearly $2.8 million. When counting cash on hand, McAuliffe has about $2.5 million left in the bank, Deeds has about $1.2 million and Moran has $825,000.
Virginia has no limits on how much an individual or corporation can donate to a state race.
Republican nominee Robert F. McDonnell, Virginia's former attorney general who is running unopposed, has yet to release his fundraising totals. He raised $1.6 million during the second half of last year.
-- By Derek Kravitz
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