Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
September political fundraising reports out
With three weeks left until Election Day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe continues to out-raise Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli.
Virginia’s political candidates had to file campaign donation reports for the month of September today. They show that McAuliffe raised $6.2 million and entered the last month of the campaign with $1.9 million cash on hand. Cuccinelli raised far less — $3.4 million — but ended with more than $1 million cash on hand, according to his campaign. Cuccinelli’s full report wasn’t available yet on the Virginia Public Access Project website, which collects and compiles campaign finance data.
McAuliffe’s report was, and it showed that about $1 million of his cash came as an in-kind donation from Planned Parenthood Votes. He also received another $1 million in two cash donations from DGA Action, an arm of the Democratic Governors Association. McAuliffe also spent about $6.6 million in cash, largely on ads and consultants.
Libertarian Robert Sarvis reported raising $27,234, and had $21,997 cash on hand.
In the lieutenant governor race, Democrat Ralph Northam raised $433,026 and ended up with $629,223 cash on hand. Republican E.W. Jackson raised $263,027 and ended the period with $209,457 cash on hand. In a statement, Jackson’s campaign said his 1,175 individual donors were a record for a non-incumbent in a lieutenant governor campaign.
In the attorney general race, Democrat Mark Herring out-raised Republican Mark Obenshain, ringing in with $1.1 million to Obenshain’s $564,447. Herring’s total included $600,000 from the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Herring ended with $1.4 million in cash, to Obenshain’s $320,221.
In the 88th House of Delegates race, fundraising was low — incumbent Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, reported just two donations bringing in $1,000, ending with $64,906 cash on hand. His opponent, Democrat Kathleen O’Halloran, brought in $2,393 in cash and in-kind donations, and ended the period with $534 cash on hand.
In the 2nd House District, Del. Mark Dudenhefer, R-Stafford, raised $9,935 and ended with $64,285. Democratic challenger Michael Futrell raised $6,895 and ended the period with $9,495.