Terry McAuliffe raised roughly$5.1 million for his Virginia gubernatorial bid in the first three months of the year, including a $100,000 check from a longtime friend — President Bill Clinton.
McAuliffe (D), who faces Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) in the closely watched race, had more than $5 million in the bank as of March 31. McAuliffe has long been known as a strong fundraiser. He served as Clinton’s handpicked Democratic National Committee chairman, and excelled at filling the party’s campaign coffers.
Clinton is likely to do much more for McAuliffe as the campaign progresses, making appearances and helping to drive turnout as well as raising money for the Democratic nominee.
Though Clinton’s donation was six figures, McAuliffe’s campaign said 74 percent of his donations for the quarter were for $100 or less, and 72 percent came from Virginians.
Through Dec. 31, McAuliffe had raised $1.6 million while Cuccinelli had taken in $2 million.
Cuccinelli has not yet released details of his own fundraising for the first quarter. Full reports are due on Monday.