Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling raised slightly more money than his Republican
gubernatorial rival, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, last year, according to new fundraising reports released Tuesday.
Bolling received $1,098,237 in contributions in 2011, and has $983,239 in the bank. Cuccinelli raised $937,099 in a pair of accounts, neither technically for the 2013 governor’s race, but he could transfer money to a gubernatorial account at a later date. He has $732,527 in the bank. But Cuccinelli received far more contributions — 4,644 from individual donors compared to Bolling’s 1,659.
Bolling received more than $402,811 after Dec. 1, the day after Cuccinelli announced he would run for governor. His single largest contributor last year was Gov. Bob McDonnell’s political action committee, Opportunity Virginia.
“I am especially pleased by the ground swell of support I have received since my opponent announced his campaign for governor on December 1st,’’ Bolling said in a statement. “We raised more money during the last month of 2011 than we have during any similar fundraising period.”
Cuccinelli received 3,862 donations that were less than $100. “We’re extremely proud of the number of grassroots donors who invested their hard earned money in Ken’s campaign,’’ said Noah Wall, Cuccinelli’s political director. “To the thousands of Virginians who have made our strong showing in 2011 possible, we just want to say thank you.”
Several Democrats have expressed an interest in statewide office, but only former Democratic National Committee chairman and businessman Terry McAuliffe has spoken to supporters about running fir governor.