RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) raised more than $1.66 million for his political action committee, Common Good VA, since taking office, finance reports released Wednesday show.
The total does not include a $207,784 in-kind donation from his 2013 campaign for governor. The PAC formed in March.
His predecessor, Robert F. McDonnell (R), amassed nearly $1.74 million in the first nine months of his term in 2010, according to data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. McDonnell’s total does not include a $30,000 cash transfer from his 2009 gubernatorial bid.
McDonnell had just finished serving as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and was burnishing a national profile in the first year of his term as governor of Virginia.
McAuliffe is known as a prolific fundraiser who lent his talents to Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Democratic National Committee during his time as chairman.
Common Good VA is a state PAC that can accept unlimited contributions and can contribute to other state campaigns but not federal ones. The entire Virginia legislature is up for election next year, and Republicans have a narrow margin in the Senate. McAuliffe and other state Democrats are likely to fight hard next year to take back that body, which they lost control of in June. The House of Delegates is overwhelmingly Republican.
McAuliffe’s latest fundraising push — from July 1 to Sept. 30 — reflects his diverse Rolodex and donor network, which raised $895,420.
The largest check came from J.B. Pritzker — the Chicago venture capitalist, Hyatt hotel heir and national co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign — who gave McAuliffe $100,000.
California supermarket mogul Ron Burkle pitched in $50,000, and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder contributed $25,000. The Democratic Governors Association, for whom McAuliffe hosted a policy conference earlier this month, donated $30,000.
For its part, McAuliffe’s committee passed $125,000 along to the Democratic Party of Virginia and ended September with a balance of $228,168.
Two other statewide Democrats were busy collecting checks, too. By the end of September, Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s One Commonwealth PAC had $56,997 cash on hand, and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s Stronger Together PAC had about $70,901.
The totals do not reflect any influx in donations Herring might have experienced earlier this month when the Supreme Court cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage — one of his signature issues.
Dominion Leadership Trust, the committee of House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), raised $239,678 and finished out the reporting period with $371,562.
During the time period, Republicans cemented their control of the General Assembly when they gained a majority in the Virginia Senate.