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McAuliffe Ends May With Gov Race Fundraising Edge

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 2:31 PM EDT
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McAuliffe Ends May With Gov Race Fundraising Edge

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Virginia gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe held nearly a 2-to-1 edge in campaign cash on hand at the end of May over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli in their head-to-head sprint to November's gubernatorial election.

Reports due Monday by statewide and legislative candidates showed McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, with $5.4 million in the bank as of May 29 to Cuccinelli's $2.7 million.

For the most recent reporting period spanning April and May, McAuliffe raised $3.7 million and to Cuccinelli's $2.15 million, with each receiving huge boosts from their national parties.

McAuliffe took $2 million from the Democratic Governors Association and Cuccielli took $1 million from the Republican Governors Association, according to data compiled by Virginia's nonprofit and nonpartisan tracker of political cash, the Virginia Public Access Project.

McAuliffe accepted $250,000 from Baltimore Orioles owner and Democratic benefactor Peter G. Angelos, his largest donation from an individual during the two months.

Cuccinelli's largest individual donors were tied to fossil fuel: $50,000 each from coal and gas producer Consol Energy and from coal baron Richard Baxter Gilliam. Another $25,000 each came from coal company Alpha Natural Resources, and from Altria, the corporate parent of tobacco giant Philip Morris USA.

In the edgy Democratic lieutenant governor race, former Obama White House technology chief Aneesh Chopra's $427,265 was nearly triple the $151,505 state Sen. Ralph Northam reported on hand.

The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson Sr., listed one single itemized contribution for the entire period: $95,806 to Jackson's campaign committee from the same committee. There were no details about individual donors but a notation on his report said an amended report would follow. The only other money Jackson reported for the period was a $25,000 loan from a Charlottesville attorney, Donald Lee Woodsmall.

In the race for attorney general, Republican nominee Mark Obenshain, reported nearly $219,000 on hand with about $68,000 on hand entering June. He and Jackson won nomination battles May 18 at the state GOP convention.

Among Democratic attorney general candidates in Tuesday's primary, state Sen. Mark Herring of Loudoun had about $229,000 in the bank to newcomer Justin Fairfax's $92,715. Herring's biggest donor for the period was the Mid-Atlantic Regional Laborers union at $15,000, and Herring rolled nearly the same amount into his statewide campaign from his state Senate campaign committee. He also received $10,000 from John Grisham, the bestselling author of such legal thrillers as "The Firm'' and "A Time to Kill.''

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