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This just in: Terry McAuliffe is good at the money thing

Terry McAuliffe
Terry McAuliffe

The campaign finance reports for activity through the end of the year are coming in, and former governor Terry McAuliffe, who once wrestled a damn alligator to secure a $15,000 campaign contribution for Jimmy Carter, is raking it in.

McAuliffe, the guy everybody is aiming at in the Democratic Party gubernatorial race, is reporting an astounding $5.76 million in total receipts as of Dec. 31, which sounds like a lot, but consider – when he ran for the Democratic Party nomination back in 2013, he raised $6.01 million.

Checking notes.

That was his June 2013 report.

The $5.76 million is what he’s starting with going into the calendar year.

Holy bejeezus.

Back in the 2013 cycle, McAuliffe ended up raising $38.1 million for his gubernatorial run – primary and general combined.

He might be on his way to a billion this time.

Which will make it hard for the other candidates in the race to get oxygen.

The campaign of former delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy had raised $1.87 million as of the end of the year, which would be impressive in any other cycle.

The Jennifer McClellan campaign sent out a press release touting $1.17 million raised “across all entities” in calendar year 2020, but the campaign finance report filed with the Virginia Department of Elections has the main entity – McClellan for Governor – at $1.06 million.

Again, impressive in any other cycle.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s campaign reported $200,559 in fundraising in 2020.

Story by Chris Graham

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