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.


Filed under: Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Claire, VA

    I hope he doesn't win, he doesn't like Barack and he talks out of both sides of his mouth. He's old school, and jealous of our soon to be president.

    January 13, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. therealmarie

    I hope that the Obama administration and Obama supporters stay clear of this self-absorbed political clown.

    January 13, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Franky

    "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."

    No wonder he wanted to ran! Terry is as slick as his partners in crime in the Clinton's, LOL!!

    Now this one should be an interesting race. And they are raising that level too, reject out state funding?? I like that, I like it a lot...

    January 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. D. D.

    He will be the next governor. He knows the 'ole 'and the new politics.
    Best Wishes.

    January 13, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Michael, Houston Texas

    Wasn't this guy Hillary's campaign manager that was fired?

    January 13, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Michael, Houston Texas

    Wasn't this guy Hillary's campaign manager that was fired? And he is runnignfor Gov of Virginia?

    January 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Sherrol in Canada

    .....and I hope he loses, he's a joke.

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Amber

    Go Terry.........if I lived in Virginia, I'd vote for ya.

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Uncle S.A.M.

    Terry, you may be a democrat, but you're not built for Virginia. Show me some credentials. We need a governor who will keep the commonwealth a blue state.

    January 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Dave, Central Illinois

    Well, now we know what is the most important to the new, "changed", Democrat party – how much money can one raise. Hey, it worked for Obama, so why not?

    January 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. gt

    the ultimate politican.........never did anything but raise money and trash the other party .... virginia and do better thats for sure.....does anyone want a leader with ideas instead off t v personalities

    January 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. bsmith171

    jail for this crook!

    January 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Larry

    SO-What has he been PROMISING to the contributors that they will GET BACK ??Pork belly projects?

    WHO are the people,companies,or foreign governments contributing??
    Calling in a few favors??

    How about some transparency Terry??

    January 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. southerncousin

    Oh lordy, another plundering dumocrat getting ready to lie.

    January 13, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Beverly, NYC

    Terry, here are some lessons from the Hillary campaign in case you've forgotten:

    1. Don't hire Mark Penn
    2. Believe the math, if you don't win primary, get out and support the front runner

    January 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. james

    I think his actions and handling of Clinton's campaign are any kind of indication, I don't think this guy is going to win.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. believe

    may the best and honest man win.

    January 13, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. steve

    another joke (al franken) looking to cash in on the new clinton era...way to go terry release your records on your finances

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Tim

    Any state that would want a partisan hack running it, will get what is coming to them.

    January 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. cat

    Terry McAuliffe is going to win. So save your money if you plan on donating to another canidate. Or if you have the money to throw away go ahead and donate to who ever. But I tell you I have a good feeling that Terry is going to win. And Win Big.....

    January 13, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. MD

    The Clinton money machine runs on and on and on....

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Bert, IN

    Bummer. This guy is not genuine, and he lies.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Danny in Chicago

    He's an idiot....Virginia deserves better than a failed Clinton surrogate.

    January 13, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. RJ, Phoenix

    He's a Clinton puppet.
    Open the books and find out where the money came from.

    January 13, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Virginia

    Being a friend of the Clintons is enough to scare me away from him–go back to DC please!

    January 13, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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