With less than seven weeks until election day, Gov. Bob McDonnell is ramping up his fundraising efforts as he looks to help Republicans take control of the state Senate.
McDonnell will headline a dinner for his political action committee, Opportunity Virginia, on Wednesday in Richmond and a lunch for the PAC on Friday at the Tower Club in Vienna.
Two weeks ago, he held an evening reception at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, where an invitation showed donations ranged from $1,000 to $10,000.
McDonnell had a hefty $2.96 million in the bank as of June 30, the last reporting period. The next report is due Oct. 15.
Since Sept. 7, McDonnell’s PAC has reported large contributions over $10,000 totalling $265,000.
Donations came from Henrico hotelier William Goodwin ($100,000), Edinburg oilman William Holtzman ($25,000), Henrico businessman William Royall, who owns a direct mail company, ($25,000), Virginia Beach owner of Dollar Treet stores Joseph Perry ($25,000), Amerigroup Corp. ($25,000), Virginia Beach developer Cheryl P. McLeskey ($25,000), Norfolk Southern Corp. ($15,000), Great Falls venture capitalist Donald J. Rainey ($15,000) and Richmond medical supply company owner Gilmer Minor ($10,000), according to the Virginia Public Access project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.