McAuliffe Raises $4.2 Million: Moran $800,000
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe raised an impressive $4.2 million in his campaign for Virginia governor in the three-month period that ended last month, campaign officials said today.
Rival Brian Moran raised $800,000 in the same period -- more than he raised in the previous six months, but still far less than McAuliffe.
"We expect to be outspent, but we also expect to win,'' Moran Campaign Chairwoman Mame Reiley said. "Virginia Democrats have long confirmed that money in and of itself does not sway them to a candidate. Instead, they want someone who is a proven fighter for their families and a leader who can win in November."
McAuliffe has spent nearly half of the total amount that he has raised and has about $2.5 million cash on hand.
Democrat R. Creigh Deeds did not release his campaign finance reports today.
McAuliffe's money allowed him to start running TV ads in January, believed to be the earliest start date for a statewide candidate in Virginia. He has hired a record 98 staffers, rented a cavernous space in a pricey Tysons Corner building for his campaign headquarters and opened nine other offices across the state.
"We are thrilled with the grassroots and fundraising support we have received over the last few months," McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry said. "Virginians are looking for a governor who will continue the Warner-Kaine tradition of leadership and bring both business and executive experience to Richmond. Terry's decades of experience creating jobs and turning around struggling businesses, as well as his detailed plans to get Virginia's economy back on track, have resonated with Virginia voters."
In 2005, Gov. Timothy M . Kaine (D), who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, raised $2.6 million in first three months. In 2001, former governor Mark R. Warner (D) raised $1.4 million in same time period.
Virginia has no limits on how much an individual or corporation can donate to a state race.
The three Democrats are competing in the June 9 primary. The reports are due April 15.
McAuliffe, who spent decades building a reputation as one of the world's most successful political fundraisers, has traveled across the nation to raise money at events often organized by those who count Bill and Hillary Clinton as close friends.
He previously raised nearly $1 million during the last two months of 2008, almost all of it in state, as he tried to prove that he had support from Virginians. He has raised a total of about $5.2 million from over 3,440 contributors.
Moran previously raised $755,000; Deeds previously raised $658,000.
Republican nominee Robert F. McDonnell did not release his fundraising total Thursday. McDonnell, who raised $1.6 million during the second half of last year, is expected to report significant contributions in part because of help from national leaders including Arizona Sen. John McCain, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
April 8, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe
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