September 15th, 2009
02:11 PM ET
13 years ago

First on the Ticker: RNC to spend $7 million in Virginia race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Republican Bob McDonnell, pictured, is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the Virginia governor's race."]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.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • RNC • Virginia
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. republicans DESTROYED America!

    Anyone who votes for a republican now of days seriously needs their head examined.

    September 15, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Scott

    They have $7 million after the whooping they've gotten in the past year?

    September 15, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. I Support President Obama!

    Only those who do not have a conscience, do not love God and who have no compassion would vote for a republican. They are soulless.

    September 15, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Amazing

    All these millions being thrown away on both sides...........couldn't this money be put to better use?

    September 15, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Republicans destroyed and bankrupted this country, why would we still put them in office??

    September 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Holly

    7 millions dollars worth of lies, slander, and propaganda. God help us all.

    September 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Jake

    If ya can't win election by merits alone, for God's sake buy the seat!!

    September 15, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Man, why don’t I own a 24-hour news station so that I can make some of this money? Between the amount of cash they are throwing into the insurance debate, the governors’ races and next year’s mid-terms, I could be rolling in some cash. The media creates the news and cashes in on the impending controversy. Now that’s the racket I need to be in!

    September 15, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Doug, New Jersey

    The evil libs in the Northern part of this state should be kicked out, and they should just make that area part of DC. DC is the most liberal area of our nation, which explains why it has the most crime/rape/murder/auto deaths per person. Check out the stats based upon how Democratic each county or city is, there is an undeniable pattern they really tells you everything you need to know about Democrats.

    September 15, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. stormerF

    Why is this news,Who cares? Where is our 80 Billion we loaned the Auto companies?When will be getting some of that money back,that was our Tax dollars?..Why is the MSM not showing us where all this Waste,Fraud,and abuse money , Obama is planning on using for his new Government run health care comming from? Now that he has backed off his taking 500 Billion from Medicare.

    September 15, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Reagan was wrong

    Bob McDonnell is the man with the vision and ideas to lead Virginia into the 18th century.

    September 15, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Isabelle

    Republicans are so concerned about the cost of healthcare reform but they approve of spending 7 million dollars for one Republican Governor's seat in Virginia???? MORONS!

    September 15, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Idiot_Pelosi

    Wants to Raise Taxes

    That's all I need to know.

    No Thank You on CREEDS.

    It's an easy choice now.

    September 15, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. carlos, that one

    first of all the pigs don't want republicans in their sty.......satan completely rejects that notion as well......and the republicans are spending money that not even the devil thinks it is worth the effort.......give it up are not worth the soil you walk are the garbage of the US of A

    September 15, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Mississippi Mike

    Important state, good use of funds. That's called strategy.

    September 15, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Doc in Virginia

    I'm a Virginian and to have this right wing Regents University stooge try and impose his faith, his beliefs and his weirdness on us is too much. No birth control for married couples? Why does the GOP squawk about smaller government control and then want to be in your bed? You're all like that. Maybe if you werent all so sexually repressed you wouldnt want to legislate other peoples' sex lives. I have four more, McDonnell. Americans want freedom and CHOICE. Even those stupid tea partiers with the mispelled signs should have choice. Not one party telling us what we can and cant do.
    If there is any tyranny, it's the GOP.

    September 15, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. carlos, that one

    keep wasting the money you got from the 8 billion missing from iraq which the cheney ruling party claimed that funds used in the war did not need to be accounted for, well he said.....we do not have to show any acccountability for the iraq war, they are using them!!!...............thiefs, corrupt, satanic and inhuman.

    September 15, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Diana NJ

    7 Million... think what good that would do the health care of their state instead.

    September 15, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What the RNC needs to do is to enforce the rules of decorum in Congress and insist that Joe 'Manure Bag' Wilson make his apologies to the Congress and the Amderican people on the House floor. That is after all where his outburst took place and he insulted not only the President but those present, and the American people watching on television.

    September 15, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. msmiata97

    It's not a suprise to see the neo-cons pumping money into an election that they are worried about just to continue to spread lies, both about their candidate as to what he does and does not stand for, but against Creigh Deeds. Imagine what that $12M (combined dollars) could do for the state of Virginia instead of going into television advertising, paper ads and throw away signs, bumper stickers and buttons. The people of Virginia spoke clearly and loudly in 2008 for Obama and in the last two governor elections with Kane and Warner. Next time McDonnell should go to a real college to get a law degree and stop spreading his "moral values" on the citizens of our state.

    September 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. W Spivey

    You are indeed a great Deed!!!

    September 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Ken

    Go for it. I celebrate the money being wasted by the RNC.....sort of a stimulus package for the deluded underbelly of our nation.

    September 15, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. GOPer

    On the contrary, McDonnell is another proven fundamentalist of the far right extreme against anyone who does not conform to his narrow view of social ideology.

    McDonnell's statements admonishing working-family women and others clearly demonstrate he does not belong anywhere near roles of governance. Period.

    September 15, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Percy Anson

    Go, team! Go, McDonnell!

    September 15, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Liberal4Obama

    Bob McDonell is a radical, he is Wrong on working women, wrong on choice and wrong on contraception, wanna know the real McDonell... read his thesis.

    September 15, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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