McDonnell political committee ends September with $1.28 million
Gov. Bob McDonnell's political action committee Opportunity Virginia raised $782,000 between July and the end of the September, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday.
The PAC ended the third quarter of the year with $1.28 million cash on hand, a strong showing that McDonnell's political director said showed support for his administration.
As a state committee, the money cannot be used to help candidates running in November's congressional campaign. However, McDonnell will be able to use the donations to help elect Republicans to the General Assembly next November, as the governor looks to wrest control of the state Senate from Democrats.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) collected just over $120,000 for his committee Liberty Now in the past three months and ends the month with $147,512 in the bank.
Cuccinelli also collects money through a candidate committee, but those committees don't have to report fundraising tallies until January. That goes for Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as well, who has recently been collecting donations through a campaign account for his 2013 gubernatorial candidacy.
House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford)'s committee, Dominion Leadership Trust, took in $285,550 and ended the reporting period with $617,136 cash on hand.
House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry)'s committee, A Strong Majority, was not particularly active. It collected $3,000 and had $46,185 in the bank Sept. 30.
The Senate Republican caucus ended with $858,326 in the bank, after collecting $366,035 in the past three months. The Senate Democrats ended the period with a similar $851,888 in the bank, but that came after collecting $138,570 in the past three months.
In a statement, McDonnell political director Phil Cox attributed the strong donation numbers for his PAC to the "administration's continued focus on the issues Virginians care about: attracting new jobs and creating more opportunity throughout the Commonwealth; balancing the state budget by cutting spending, not raising taxes; and streamlining government to make it more efficient, effective and user-friendly."
McDonnell has hosted a number of big-dollar fundraisers in recent weeks, as the finance deadline approached.
Rosalind S. Helderman
| October 15, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
Categories: Bill Bolling, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, William Howell
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