Democratic gubernatorial candidate Timothy M. Kaine has once again outraised his likely Republican opponent, Jerry W. Kilgore, in the competition to become the state's 70th governor, according to figures released Friday by the campaigns.
Kaine, the lieutenant governor, will report to the State Board of Elections on Monday that he collected about $2 million from April 1 to June 1, according to campaign spokeswoman Delacey Skinner. That puts the total Kaine has raised for his campaign at a little more than $10 million.
Kaine will report having about $5 million on hand.
Kilgore, who was trailing Kaine by about $800,000 at the end of the last reporting period, will report raising about $1.5 million during the latest period, according to campaign manager Ken Hutcheson. In total, Kilgore has raised about $8.7 million.
Kilgore will have about $3.2 million on hand.
The two men are well on their way to reaching a mark both campaigns said was likely when the race began: $15 million each. The election is more than five months away, on Nov. 8.
Four years ago, Mark R. Warner spent a little more than $20 million in his victory over former attorney general Mark L. Earley, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign money. Earley spent about $11.5 million.
Kaine campaign officials said their fundraising is an indication of the broad support the Democrat enjoys. The most recent report includes a fundraiser last month in Tysons Corner that featured Warner and brought in $1 million in one night.
"We're pleased with it," Skinner said. "We hit our goals, and we're very pleased with the Warner event."
Kaine's top donor for the period was Sheila Johnson, a philanthropist and new owner of the Washington Mystics women's basketball team. Johnson, former wife of Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson, gave Kaine $100,000 during the period. She has given a total of about $400,000, according to VPAP.
Kaine also received $50,000 from Janice Brandt, an AOL executive, and $25,000 from Warner. He received $25,000 each from several unions.
"It's not a single donor," Skinner said. "This is just individual contributions."
Kilgore officials said they are pleased with their efforts, despite falling short of Kaine's fundraising. They noted that half of Kaine's total for the period includes the money generated by the Warner event, which Kaine said at the time would be his campaign's biggest fundraiser.
"The Kaine camp rolled out their biggest gun in the month of May," Hutcheson said. "We still have the very high probability of a presidential event, which is going to even up the race financially and then some."
Hutcheson also said Kaine's overall total includes a $1.5 million contribution from the Democratic National Committee. "The only difference in the money chase is the $1.5 million that [DNC Chairman] Howard Dean gave him," Hutcheson said. Kaine officials point out that the $1.5 million was provided by a previous DNC chairman, Terrence R. McAuliffe, not Dean.
Kilgore's top donations included $25,000 from American International Group, an insurance company; $25,000 from Altria, parent company of Philip Morris, the cigarette maker; and $25,000 from Mark Kington, a former business partner of Warner's.
Both campaigns said they spent about $2 million in the last two months, mostly on television and radio ads, which began appearing in markets across the state.
Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester), who is running for governor as an independent, declined Friday to say how much he has raised. He indicated that he had spent most of his time during the past two months collecting signatures to be placed on the ballot in November. As of April 1, Potts had raised about $375,000.
Warrenton Mayor George B. Fitch, who is challenging Kilgore for the Republican nomination, had raised about $155,000 as of April 1. He could not be reached by phone Friday for later figures.
about $3.2 million