McAuliffe still outraising Cuccinelli, finance reports show

Longtime Democratic fundraiser Terry McAuliffe continues to outraise Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II in his quest to become Virginia’s next governor, according to campaign finance disclosures released Monday.

From April 1 to May 29, McAuliffe reported raising more than $3.7 million, compared with $2.1 million for Cuccinelli.

Monday was the deadline for all candidates in statewide and House races to submit their campaign finance reports, which were due eight days before the June 11 primary.

During the first quarter of 2013, McAuliffe raised twice as much as Cuccinelli — $5.1 million compared with $2.4 million — although the attorney general was not able to raise money while the General Assembly was in session, which coincided with that three-month period.

During the latest reporting period, the Democratic Governors Association pitched in $2 million for McAuliffe, and the Republican Governors Association gave Cuccinelli $1 million.

Cuccinelli had $2.7 million on hand, while McAuliffe had $5.4 million.

Both candidates are expected to draw local and national donors in the coming months in what is shaping up to be a tough and expensive race that is being watched nationwide.

The report for the latest period also shows Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate E.W. Jackson — a virtual unknown to state politics before last month’s state party convention — raised $120,000 in the weeks leading up to and since his nomination on May 18.

Jackson, a Chesapeake minister and former U.S. Senate candidate, had a campaign account balance of about $31,000 heading into the last fundraising period. His latest fundraising total includes a $25,000 loan. Jackson’s campaign has said his donations have “multiplied daily” since he received the nomination.

Democrats will choose their nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general in next week’s primary. Also on the ballot are Democratic candidates in three House races, and Republicans in eight districts.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Democrat Aneesh Chopra has a significant financial advantage over his primary opponent.

Chopra, who was technology secretary under Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and first chief technology officer under President Obama, raised more than $520,000 from April 1 to May 29, and has more than $400,000 in cash on hand.

His opponent, state Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk, raised more than $334,000 during the same eight-week period in his quest for the state’s second-highest office. Northam, a pediatric neurologist who has served six years in the Senate, has more than $151,000 in cash on hand.

In the attorney general’s race, Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring of Loudoun County has raised about $180,000, compared with opponent Justin Fairfax’s total of about $133,000 during the same period. Herring reported having $229,000 in cash on hand, compared with $92,000 for Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor.

The winner will face Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain of Harrisonburg, who reported raising nearly $219,000 in the past eight weeks.

The campaign finance data were published by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project .

Errin Whack covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post, including the commonwealth’s General Assembly and the 2013 gubernatorial race.
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