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McAuliffe Raises $4.2 Million: Moran $800,000

Anita Kumar

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  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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Based on previous reporting as to where this money came from - big money donors many from outside Virginia - I think that anyone who says "carpetbagger" is not accurate isn't getting the picture. McAuliffe keeps trying to be an Obama-wannabe but he's of the Clinton cut of cloth. This kind of money isn't from $25 dollar donations out of the pockets of ordinary Virginians. And how will it be spent? To the benefit and betterment of people struggling through a depression? No. To the greater glory of the McAuliffe campaign. I have no doubt the GOP will likewise blow millions on winning the hearts and minds of voters through high tech media blitzes and ad buys. Perhaps people struggling to pay their mortgages and bills should truly consider how exactly this kind of excess and waste brought us to the point we are today. It's time to stop the madness where campaign financing is concerned.

Posted by: csread | April 8, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

And the really funny thing is that he WILL STILL LOSE


At least they are spending the money in the local economy.... albeit mostly news outlets and ACORN members...

Posted by: indep2 | April 8, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the Republican circular firing squad is in full swing, thanks to wingnut Jeff Frederick. LOL what an idiot. McDonnell should be the favorite in this race, and Frederick could drag him down.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 8, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Mr. McAuliffe and all the Virginia Democrats on the fundraising success. This achievement shows that Mr. McAuliffe and Virginia Democrats can be competitive with the Republican candidate Mr. McDonnell. Mr. McDonnell out spent Mr. Deeds about 3:1 four years ago and won by only about 300 votes out of over a million votes cast. The Democrats will not be washed away by Republican dollars this time.

Couple McAuliffe's fund raising ability with his strong written Business Plan and Virginia has a winner. The Plan’s chapters released to date stress creating good jobs; health care; quality education opportunity of all; the environment; and transportation improvements for the whole of Virginia. Just these initial business plan chapters will go a long way to blunt Mr. McDonnell hiding his "radical" views and running a typically negative Republican campaign.

Never forget former Republican governor Gilmore who tricked us with the "kill the car tax". The car tax is still here, but Mr. Gilmore, Virginia’s last Republican governor almost "killed" the State treasury. Beware the Republican "siren song". It sounds good during an election; but turns out to be "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me."

We need a good Democrat as the next Virginia governor. The policy differences between three fine gubernatorial Democratic candidates are minuscule. We have three great choices for the June 9 primary. With a fine business plan for Virginia, with his ability to reach out to all and his proven ability to be competitive with the Republicans in fund raising, I support Mr. McAuliffe.

Posted by: Willis3 | April 8, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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