Bob McDonnell, Republican candidate for Attorney General, just released that he has raised more than 1 million dollars over the past two months and has more than 2 million dollars cash on hand.
According to a McDonnell campaign presser:
Richmond- Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell announced today that he has over $2 million on hand for the 2009 campaign for Governor. In July, McDonnell was the first candidate in the race to report over $1 million on hand. McDonnell brought in $1.612 million in last six months, from 1,072 individual contributions, and raised more than $1 million since election day 2008.
Campaign Manager Phil Cox noted, “Bob’s campaign for Governor is attracting donors from all across Virginia. It is another sign of the excitement that Bob is generating everywhere he goes. Virginians are recognizing that Bob McDonnell will be the type of Governor who is willing to reach out to Independents, Democrats and Republicans, to build consensus and get results. That is kind of leadership Virginians want and deserve.”
Cox continued, “We were the first campaign to have over $1 million cash on hand, and today we have become the first campaign to report over $2 million on hand. As the Democrats continue to wage an expensive, competitive nomination contest, Bob McDonnell is building the resources he needs need to win in November.”
According to WaPo’s “Virginia Politics”, Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who recently entered the race, is thought to have raised about a million since mid-November. Certainly McDonnell can keep pace.
The post also states that Former Del. Brian Moran raised about $750K, but it is being speculated that the campaign has very little money in the bank. They have not reported to the WaPo blog what they currently have on-hand.
The bottom line is that the McAuliffe team bragged that they raised $980,000 since Mid-November, yet McDonnell has outraised McAuliffe during the same period.
Although Deeds numbers have yet to be released, it is still safe to say that McDonnell:
As a final word, this is a huge advantage for McDonnell as he doesn’t really have to start spending until June.