WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is committing to spend more than $7 million on the Virginia governor's race, a party official told CNN on Tuesday.
That figure includes a sum of $400,000 that was transferred directly to the campaign of Republican candidate Bob McDonnell on Tuesday, and the nearly $2 million the RNC has already pumped into the race so far this year. The money will be shared between McDonnell's campaign and the Virginia Victory committee, a partnership between the RNC and the Republican Party of Virginia.
Subtracting the money already spent on the campaign, the RNC's financial commitment leaves McDonnell and other Virginia Republicans with roughly $5 million to spend with just under 50 days left in the governor's race, which is one of two marquee political battles in 2009 along with the New Jersey's governor's race
"Bob McDonnell is a proven leader in the state of Virginia and the RNC is fully committed to ensuring that the campaign has the resources necessary to elect Bob McDonnell the next Governor of Virginia," said Katie Wright, a spokeswoman for the RNC.
The RNC's cash infusion exceeds that of the Democratic National Committee, which announced earlier this month it plans to spend at least $5 million to support Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds.
DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan invoked McDonnell's controversial master's thesis in responding to the news.
"Since devastating revelations about Bob McDonnell's feelings regarding women in the workforce, marriage and equal pay, he's going to need every dollar he can get to run from his record," Sevugan said.
UPDATE: The Deeds campaign announced Tuesday that it had raised $3.5 million in July and August. The McDonnell campaign is expected to release its most recent fundraising figures later today.
UPDATE 2: McDonnell raised less than Deeds in July and August - $2.9 million - but his campaign is touting a $1.5 million cash-on-hand advantage over the Democrat. McDonnell had $5.8 million in the bank entering September.
Lets contribute to a Republican Governor in Virginia, then another Republican Governor the same month, then we can move on in getting rid of alot of tax and spend demorats in NOV2010. That will be a great step for 2012.
They are wasting money on him.......oh wait I forgot for a moment, that the GOP believe in limited education and keeping women at home. If they get elected we are heading for the dark ages.
Dang...thought we were in a recession. Hey, GOP...I could use the $$$
Well the RNC is wasting their money. I'm not voting for Bob "I Don't Think Woman Should Work" McDonnell. Read his thesis and draw your own conclusions. He didn't write like when he was 18 or 21, he was like 34 or something.
Funny...and here I thought it wasn't what people spend to get into office that counts, but what they intend to do once they get there. Got a story on that CNN? Do you even KNOW what these two people are running on?
I'm telling you anybody in Virginia that votes for this guy is crazy. He is not even a moderate. He is a far right nutso religious nut......Farwell lives again.
I will vote for old McDonnell. He'll make sure my wife and daughters remain second class citizens of this country. DOWN with the women by golly. They are all not worth of making decisions or working! This is a WHITE MANS world. To hell with everyone else. ps: Vote for me!
I see the CORPORATIONS ARE STILL BACKING THE RNC!
Looks like the RNC wants to buy another state! My hopes are with Deeds. The republicans want to bring Virginia back to the 1800's with their so-called "vision".
Give it up, Republicans! Virginia is quickly turning from purple to blue!
Bob will win.
Spend all you want....You will not win