Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
McAuliffe leads end-of-August campaign finance reports
Virginia’s political candidates reported their campaign donations for July and August Monday evening, and those reports showed that Democrat Terry McAuliffe is sitting on double the campaign cash of Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
Both men have also relied heavily on party organizations for financial help.
McAuliffe reported raising $7.4 million during the two month period, heading into the fall campaign with $5 million cash on hand, according to reports filed with the state Board of Elections and collected online by the Virginia Public Access Project.
Cuccinelli raised $5.7 million during the reporting period and had $2.2 million cash on hand.
Libertarian Robert Sarvis reported raising $27,324 and ending with $19,109 cash on hand.
More than $6 million of McAuliffe’s donations came in cash, with $2.7 million of that coming from the Democratic Governors Association.
Another $900,000 came from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC, and $100,000 each from labor groups the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Laborers International Union of North America Education Fund and the United Food and Commercial Workers Active Ballot Club Education Fund.
The bulk of Cuccinelli’s donations, $3.8 million, came as in-kind donations, not cash. Almost all of that, $3.7 million, came from the Republican Governors Association.
In the lieutenant governor’s race, Democrat Ralph Northam raised the most, raising $446,054 and ending the period with $383,837. His largest donation, $25,000, came from the Mid-Atlantic Laborer’s Political Education Fund.
Republican E.W. Jackson reported raising $303,220 during the two-month period and ending with $150,747 cash on hand. His largest donation, $15,000, came from a John Galbraith.