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McAuliffe reports big haul

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Terry McAuliffe is the first to tout his fundraising figures from the recent filing period which ended March 31st. McAuliffe raised more than $4.2 million this quarter and reports having $2.5 million cash on hand. 

McAuliffe rejected a pledge made by his democratic opponent Brian Moran to only raise money in Virginia. He has been flying around the country, tapping into his network of high profile donors that he made connections with as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Despite the obvious advantages McAuliffe has to raise money from his old friends, his campaign made sure to point out that he has received contributions from 3,440 individuals to reach the $5.2 million he has raised over the entire campaign. That means he is averaging about $1,500 per donor. 

In case you weren’t sure, this is on track to be far and away the most expensive gubernatorial election in commonwealth history. In addition to the millions that will be raised by each campaign, outside national groups have already jumped into the fray. Anita Kumar at the Washington Post has an interesting look at where the cash is coming from and how the contributions demonstrate the desire of both Republicans and Democrats to make a national statement with this race come November. 

The full release outlining McAuliffe’s report is after the jump..

McAuliffe Raises Over $4.2 Million in First Fundraising Quarter

Today, gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign announced that he raised over $4.2 million in the three month period from January 1 to March 31 and has nearly $2.5 million cash on hand.  After rolling out the first three chapters of his comprehensive Business Plan for Virginia and building a statewide grassroots operation, McAuliffe’s broad financial support highlights why he is the candidate best positioned to run against Republican Bob McDonnell in November.

     “We are thrilled with the grassroots and fundraising support we have received over the last few months,” McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry said. “Virginians are looking for a governor who will continue the Warner-Kaine tradition of leadership and bring both business and executive experience to Richmond. Terry’s decades of experience creating jobs and turning around struggling businesses, as well as his detailed plans to get Virginia’s economy back on track, have resonated with Virginia voters.”

     After raising nearly $1 million from Virginia donors in 6 weeks during the previous fundraising period, McAuliffe has now raised a total of approximately $5.2 million from over 3,440 contributors.


Written by Ryan Nobles

April 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm

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  1. Congratulations to Mr. McAuliffe and all the Virginia Democrats on the fundraising success. This achievement shows that Mr. McAuliffe and Virginia Democrats can be competitive with the Republican candidate Mr. McDonnell. Mr. McDonnell out spent Mr. Deeds about 3:1 four years ago and won by only about 300 votes out of over a million votes cast. The Democrats will not be washed away by Republican dollars this time.

    Couple McAuliffe’s fund raising ability with his strong written Business Plan and Virginia has a winner. The Plan’s chapters released to date stress creating good jobs; health care; quality education opportunity of all; the environment; and transportation improvements for the whole of Virginia. Just these initial business plan chapters will go a long way to blunt Mr. McDonnell hiding his “radical” views and running a typically negative Republican campaign.

    Never forget former Republican governor Gilmore who tricked us with the “kill the car tax”. The car tax is still here, but Mr. Gilmore, Virginia’s last Republican governor almost “killed” the State treasury. Beware the Republican “siren song”. It sounds good during an election; but turns out to be “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

    We need a good Democrat as the next Virginia governor. The policy differences between three fine gubernatorial Democratic candidates are minuscule. We have three great choices for the June 9 primary. With a fine business plan for Virginia, with his ability to reach out to all and his proven ability to be competitive with the Republicans in fund raising, I support Mr. McAuliffe.


    April 8, 2009 at 11:09 pm

  2. This showss that McAuliffe will have the resources to compete against the millions that the GOP will be throwing into this race


    April 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm

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