Va. Senate Democrats raise more than $1M at Clinton fundraiser

Less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 legislative elections, Senate Democrats raised more than $1 million at a fundraiser with President Clinton Friday afternoon.

“It was very successful,” Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said. “I said from the beginning we would not be outspent and we won’t be.”

Saslaw said he expects hundreds of thousands of more dollars to come in next week.

The fundraiser Clinton headlined was at the home of Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who ran for governor in 2009.

McAuliffe, who is eyeing a second gubernatorial run in 2013, raised more than $200 million for Clinton in the 1990s and chaired Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, which raised about $220 million.

Republicans are aggressively fighting to take control of the Senate, where Democrats hold a fragile 22 to 18 majority. If the GOP picks up just two seats, the party would be in charge because a Republican — Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling — presides over the chamber.

Democrats had earlier repeatedly refused to disclose the amount of money raised because they said they did not want to give Republicans an ammunition to solicit donations off the Clinton event in the final week of the campaign.

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