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Last Minute Donations Pour In

Rosalind Helderman

So this might help explain the number of Creigh Deeds ads those of us who live in the expensive Washington media market have been seeing in the last day or so.

Deeds' campaign has taken in more than $276,000 in new donations since May 27, the cut-off deadline for inclusion in his last big June 1 fundraising report, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

That figure is dwarfed by the more than $500,000 Terry McAuliffe has raised in the same time period -- we've been seeing his ads too -- but we always knew McAuliffe would bring in more money than both his rivals. Deeds success here at the end -- he reported bringing in almost $115,000 of that figure on June 3 and 4 alone -- has buoyed the signs of life his campaign has been showing in its final days.

Brian Moran, meanwhile, has brought in $85,000 since May 27. Different campaigns have different strategies and Moran's advisors have always insisted theirs -- relying on direct mail and a network of already committed supporters -- costs less than a game plan built around expensive television advertising. Still, every kind of campaign costs money and every candidate would prefer to have more of it than less.

The campaigns are required to report donations of $5,000 or more within 24 hours, with a 5 p.m. filing deadline. So we're getting new figures every day on this. These numbers reflect giving through June 4 and, when taken together, indicate big-time giving for a primary race. (Will Democrats have donor fatigue after a primary race this expensive and give less to their nominee in the fall? That's a question for after Tuesday.)

We can expect to see big money coming in to all three campaigns right until the end. Tomorrow, for instance, we'll probably see who turned up to the barbecue today at McAuliffe's house featuring Bill Clinton and how much they gave McAuliffe.

And who's been giving big dollars in recent days? Unions, for one. They've become a key part of McAuliffe's strategy and have donated more than $90,000 since May 27.

McAuliffe's big checks also included $50,000 from Los Angeles venture capitalist Ayman Kendeel, $25,000 from Frank Brunckhorst of Sarasota, Florida, whose family owns Boar's Head Provisions, and $25,000 from Jerry Lundergan of Lexington, KY, who chaired Hillary Clinton's Kentucy campaign and used to head the Kentucky Democratic party.

Deeds got $50,000 from Vienna stockbroker Edward Hart Rice, whose has so far contributed $150,000 to his effort. He also picked up a new $15,000 check from Dave Matthew's band member Boyd Tinsely. Tinsely's given to all three candidates, but more to Deeds than the others. Plus, Deeds got a $35,000 check from W. Austin Lingon, the co-founder of CarMax.

Moran's largest recent donation was a $50,000 gift from Alexandria commercial real estate firm Hoffman Management.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 6, 2009; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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