[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/15/art.terryshad0415.jpg caption="Terry McAuliffe is running for office in Virginia for the first time."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Donald is backing The Macker.
Donald Trump is just one of many big name donors funding Terry McAuliffe's campaign to win the Virginia governor's mansion this fall, according to newly released financial disclosure reports - and he isn't even among the most generous givers.
The New York real estate magnate cut McAuliffe a check for a whopping $25,000 in late March, but that's just a drop in the bucket compared to the largest single donation in McAuliffe's report - a $251,000 gift from billionaire media tycoon Haim Saban in January. That check narrowly bested a $250,000 contribution the following month from Steve Bing, another big fish in the entertainment industry.
McAuliffe raised $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2009, and thanks to Virginia's permissive fundraising laws, more than 80 percent of his cash came from donors who live outside the state.
In all, McAuliffe listed 87 donations of $10,000 or higher. By comparison, his Democratic rivals Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran reported 15 and 12 donations of $10,000 or higher, respectively. The Republican candidate, Bob McDonnell, reported 25.
Like many of McAuliffe's contributors listed in the quarterly filing, Saban and Bing are longtime friends and financial patrons of Bill and Hillary Clinton. McAuliffe aggressively tapped into the Clinton network over the last three months, even hitting up the former president himself for a donation of $10,000 in January.
Seven McAuliffe donors who gave $5,000 or more to his campaign actually stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton administration, including Alan Patricof, who was a finance chairman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Many of the names on McAuliffe's donor list sound familiar to those who followed Clinton's presidential bid in 2007 and 2008. Among them: BET founder Robert Johnson (who gave $100,000), former Clinton campaign co-chair J.B. Pritzker ($100,000), and former Clinton campaign finance co-chairman Hassan Nemazee ($10,000).
Other national political players who gave to McAuliffe include Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former Al Gore campaign manager Tony Coelho, former Clinton administration adviser Doug Sosnik, and former Dick Gephardt and John Kerry strategist Steve Elmendorf.
McAuliffe also soaked up a $15,000 check from his one-time business partner Carl Lindner, the Cincinnati billionaire who has given to numerous political causes, but has collected millions for the Republican Party and was named a "Super Ranger" by the RNC for his fundraising efforts on behalf of George W. Bush in 2004. Lindner hosted a $25,000-a-head fundraiser at his home for John McCain's presidential campaign last summer.
Asked about the out-of-state money pouring into McAuliffe's coffers, campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith pointed out that he also managed to outraise both of his Democratic opponents among Virginia donors.
Smith stressed that the eventual Democratic nominee will need "broad financial support both in-state and nationally" to compete with McDonnell and the Republicans in November. She said McAuliffe is "the only Democrat who can compete with the Republicans' fundraising and build the statewide grassroots operation" to win this November.
The campaign finance reports were released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.