January 13th, 2009
12:26 PM ET
11 years ago

McAuliffe flexes financial muscle in Virginia race

Terry McAuliffe, a longtime aide to the Clintons, made an announcement about his own political future in an online video.

Terry McAuliffe, a longtime aide to the Clintons, made an announcement about his own political future in an online video.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe is flexing his fundraising muscle in the Virginia governor's race.

McAuliffe, who began seeking for the commonwealth's top job last fall but only officially entered the race this month, revealed on Monday that he's raised almost $1 million for his campaign in just six weeks.

It took McAuliffe’s rivals for the Democratic nomination - former state delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds - six months to raise that amount, according to campaign finance reports, and both of them have been running for governor for more than a year. (Both candidates, however, were legally barred from raising money during last winter's two-month legislative session.)

Cautious of giving the impression that the longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton is using his extensive national rolodex to finance his race, McAuliffe's campaign pointed out that less than $40,000 came from out of state.

His campaign manager Mike Henry told donors in a memo that “we have concentrated on raising money from Virginia donors to get a good sense of what Virginians thought about Terry’s potential candidacy.”

Moran has challenged his Democratic rivals to reject out-of-state money during the primary campaign.

“This election should be about who has a proven record of fighting for Virginia families and a vision for where to take the state,” Moran said on WTOP radio January 2. “It should not be an election about who can raise more money from national donors. Virginia Democrats should choose our nominee.”

The Democrats face off in a June 9 primary. The winner will take on the Republican nominee, Virginia attorney general Bob McDonnell, in November.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. A Woman In California For Obama

    Watching this guy is like watching a six year old after eating too much sugar. Why is he so hyper all the time? I hope he looses.

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    What did we Virginians do to deserve this man?

    We voted for Barack Obama overwhelmingly in the primary. What makes Terry think that we'll accept a crony of the Clintons?

    January 13, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Clarence (Florida)

    I hope McAuliffe does not decide to run for President!!! If he does it may be the first time I vote for a Republican. He was horrible during the Clintion campaign and the people in Virginia should be careful.

    January 13, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I will never vote for a guy like this who shamelessly pimped himself for a vile woman like Hillary.

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. worriedmom

    McAuliffe needs to go away! He has never shown any interest in Virginia. He is a wanna be that wants to use Virginia as a stepping stone. We already got that with Kaine!! Kaine has done nothing for Virginia but put us in debt! Wish he would go with the DNC full time and leave Va. alone. Wish Mark Warner was back, he was a great Governor and I am a Republican!!!

    January 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Brad - California

    Another Clinton "family" member.

    January 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Bill Talameda

    I like McAuliffe personally, but he is a politician, not a statesman. There's a big difference.

    January 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Going to be a tough fight

    I don't know either canidate but they are at it already

    January 13, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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