Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) raised $541,000 in the six-month period that ended June 30 as he looks to run for governor in 2013.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), who has said he is running for reelection but has not ruled out a gubernatorial run, raised $466,000 in the same period.
Bolling’s campaign committee, Friends of Bill Bolling, has $676,766 in the bank.
“I’m extremely pleased with the strong financial support I have received from business leaders, political leaders and activists from all across Virginia,” Bolling said.
The $541,000 is the most Bolling has raised during any non-election year fundraising period. It is 35 percent higher than Bolling’s cash on hand and 83 percent higher than McDonnell’s cash on hand at the same point in the 2009 election cycle.
Cuccinelli’s two committees — Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General and Liberty Now — have a total of $444,000 in the bank after collecting more than 2,400 contributions.
“I am proud to report that individuals from across Virginia have been deeply supportive of Attorney General Cuccinelli’s leadership in defending liberty, preserving the Constitution and protecting Virginians,” Cuccinelli spokesman Noah Wall said.
Both Bolling and Cuccinelli plan to donate to state Senate candidates this fall as Republicans look to take control of that chamber, where Democrats hold a 22 to 18 majority.