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McDonnell Raises $2.2 Million

Anita Kumar

Former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell (R) raised $2.2 million in his campaign for Virginia governor in the three-month period that ended last month, campaign officials said today.

McDonnell, who was barred by state law from raising money during most of the legislative session, has $3.5 million cash on hand.

"We have far more cash on hand than any of our potential opponents,'' McDonnell campaign manager Phil Cox said. "This is a crucial advantage as we take Bob McDonnell's positive message of new jobs and more opportunities to every voter in Virginia."

McDonnell, who raised $1.6 million during the second half of last year, received help from national leaders including Arizona Sen. John McCain, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The three Democrats in the race reported their fundraising numbers late last week.

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath raised more than $600,000 during the same period. Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe raised $4.2 million. Former state delegate Brian Moran of Alexandria raised $800,000.

Deeds, a state senator from Bath, has $1.2 million in the bank. McAuliffe has spent a dollar for every two dollars he has raised, leaving him with about $2.5 million on hand. Moran, a former delegate from Alexandria, has $825,000 in the bank.

Virginia has no limits on how much an individual or corporation can donate to a state race.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 13, 2009; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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