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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 06/16/2010

Bolling raises nearly $300,000 for gubernatorial campaign

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling got a nice birthday gift from his supporters Tuesday.

At his first fundraiser since forming his campaign committee to run for governor in 2013, supporters donated $275,000-$300,000.

Bolling hosted his an annual "Burgers with Bill" fundraiser to celebrate his 53rd birthday. This year, the proceeds from the event went to his gubernatorial campaign.

More than 300 supporters, including Republican Dels. Jimmie Massie and John O'Bannon, local elected officials, business and party leaders and lobbyists attended.

"We are very pleased with the success of the event,'' said Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff. "To raise nearly $300K at this point in time reflects the strong support and friendship that Lieutenant Governor Bolling has developed among Virginia's business leaders and party leaders over the years, and it bodes well for our future fundraising efforts."

Bolling (R) formed Friends of Bill Bolling on March 26, soon after the 60-day legislative session ended, though he didn't tell many people.

In spring 2008, Bolling surprised people, including then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell, by deciding to seek reelection instead of running for governor. That allowed McDonnell and Bolling to run as a team for governor and lieutenant governor. McDonnell has pledged to support Bolling for governor in 2013.

By Anita Kumar  | June 16, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
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