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In the governor's race, the Democratic hopeful had a 2-to-1 advantage in funds over Cuccinelli.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Less than two months from Election Day, Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains the financial edge in the Virginia governor’s race, with more than double the cash on hand of Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
On Monday McAuliffe reported that he had $5 million on hand as of Aug. 31 to Cuccinelli’s $2.2 million. Libertarian nominee Robert C. Sarvis ended the cycle that ran July 1-Aug. 31 with $19,110 on hand after raising $27,326.
The Virginia governor’s race, one of only two in the nation this year and the only one considered competitive, has been flush with outside money.
McAuliffe raised $7.4 million in the two-month span and Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, brought in $5.7 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.
Cuccinelli’s largest contributions this cycle were made in-kind from the Republican Governors Association, which has funneled at least $3.7 million to his campaign since June 30. An in-kind contribution is a donation of goods or services.
Cuccinelli also received $30,000 from Murray Energy Corporation and more than $42,000 from Alpha Natural Resources Services LLC. Both are large coal producers.
The Democratic Governors Association’s political operation has given McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, $2.7 million since June 30.
He also received $900,000 from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC and $425,475 in-kind from the NextGen Climate Action Committee. He received $100,000 each from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Laborers International Union of North America Education Fund and the United Food and Commercial Workers Active Ballot Club Education Fund.
A spokesman for McAuliffe said “Terry has focused on bringing together a broad coalition of Virginians from both parties and all corners of the commonwealth.
“Mainstream Republicans like Mayor Will Sessoms” of Virginia Beach, “who represents Virginia’s largest city, and business leaders alike have recognized that Terry’s commonsense, bipartisan approach to growing and strengthening our economy is the right choice for Virginia’s future,” said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin.
Cuccinelli’s campaign said his “expertise and command of the important issues that matter most to everyday Virginians” have “painted a stark contrast for voters this election.”
“A broad base of donors across the commonwealth, major endorsements from the NVTC TechPAC, Farm Bureau AgPAC and the Police Benevolent Association, and Ken’s plan for securing Virginia’s long-term economic future has put us in a strong position,” said Richard T. Cullen, a Cuccinelli campaign spokesman.
In the lieutenant governor race, state Sen. Ralph S. Northam of Norfolk, the Democratic nominee, raised $446,056 in July and August. He had $380,000 cash on hand as of Aug. 31. Roughly 87 percent of the donations came from Virginia, according to a statement released by his campaign.
Northam spokesman Grant Herring said the campaign now has the resources “to communicate Ralph Northam’s resume as an Army doctor, pediatric neurologist and advocate for bipartisan solutions to all voters across the commonwealth,” adding the funding total “confirms the momentum” of the campaign.
Northam’s GOP opponent, E.W. Jackson of Chesapeake, raised $303,223 during the same time. He had $150,747 cash on hand. Monday marked the first time Jackson disclosed all contributions to his campaign by the filing deadline set by state law. He previously failed to submit a complete list three times since his nomination in May.
The campaign called these failures “an oversight” and amended its reports each time. In June, the State Board of Elections fined Jackson $100 for waiting too late to disclose a $25,000 loan to his campaign.
Jackson did not immediately comment on his disclosures on Monday.
State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain of Harrisonburg, the Republican nominee for attorney general, still has a financial advantage over his Democratic rival, Sen. Mark R. Herring of Loudoun.
Obenshain reported $607,362 in contributions raised between July 1 and Aug. 31. He launches his fall sprint with $819,899 cash on hand.
“Today’s report shows momentum continuing to build for Mark Obenshain’s campaign,” said Obenshain’s campaign manager Chris Leavitt. “With 50 days until the election, the campaign will have the resources it needs to get Mark’s message out and win on November 5,” Leavitt said.
Herring raised $547,392 in the same reporting period and had $488,776 cash on hand.
“This period, over two-thirds of our donors were new donors to the campaign showing increasing momentum,” said Kevin O’Holleran, spokesman for Herring. “We are in a strong position financially as we head into the final stretch of the campaign.”
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