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Posted at 4:59 PM ET, 01/19/2011

McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli all report hefty 2010 fundraising

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell's political director says his hefty fundraising haul over the past year will help him contribute generously to Republican candidates for the General Assembly during this election year.

McDonnell's political action committee Opportunity Virginia ended the year with $1.72 million on hand, after raising $802,000 in the last quarter of 2010. In a release, political director Phil Cox attributed McDonnell's flush treasury -- which eclipses the size of Gov. Tim Kaine (D) at the same point in his term -- to his "focus on creating jobs and reforming our state government to make it more efficient, effective, and responsive to all Virginians."

Meanwhile, in the fundraising battle between Virginia's other Republican statewide officeholders, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) brought in more money in 2010 than Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), but Cuccinelli got contributions from more individual donors.

Bolling, who is running for governor in 2013, raised $613,000 in 2010 and ended the year with $328,265 in the bank. Donations came from 2,249 people, said Bolling chief of staff Randy Marcus.

"We're pleased with the support that Bill's gotten from the activist donor community and the business donor community," Marcus said. "In a tough economy, people are still trusting his leadership enough to open their purses for him, and we really appreciate it."

According to Cuccinelli political director Noah Wall, the controversial attorney general raised $552,000 through 2010, money collected by both his Cuccinelli for Attorney General political action committee and a separate PAC called Liberty Now. He said 3,172 people donated to the two committees -- 1,700 of them newcomers.

Cuccinelli has said he intends to run for attorney general again in 2013 but hasn't totally ruled out a possible run for governor.

The two committees ended with $298,000 in the bank -- after paying expenses plus giving away $55,700 to charity. (Cuccinelli agreed to make the charitable donation in equal amount to contributions he received during the campaign from a Florida man now wanted by Ohio authorities for running an allegedly fraudulent veterans charity.)

"We're very proud of the new donors, and we're very proud of the number of individual contributions in a year when we were aggressive in recruiting supporters around the state," Wall said. "It's really tremendous, and I think it shows a lot of support for what Ken is doing."

You can read a lot more about end-of-year finance reports at the Virginia Public Access Project.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 19, 2011; 4:59 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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