McAuliffe, Cuccinelli Top $1 Million in Late 2012 Donations for Va. Gov.

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Former President Bill Clinton, left, chats with donors as he pays a visit to a fundraiser for state Democrats, while host Terry McAuliffe, right, strains to hear a request from another donor in McLean, Virginia.

The two major contenders for the Virginia governorship this November each raised more than $1 million in the second half of 2012,  their campaigns said in reports filed yesterday with state election officials.

Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, took in $1.16 million during the six-month period, compared with $1.07 million for Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican state Attorney General.

McAuliffe’s donor list reflects his long career as a Democratic Party fundraiser and strategist with close ties to former President Bill Clinton. McAuliffe’s contributors included former Clinton White House aides Bruce Lindsey ($500) and Thomas “Mack” McLarty ($5,000), political strategist Paul Begala ($5,000) and former Reps. Tony Coelho of California ($500), Martin Frost of Texas ($100) and Dave McCurdy of Oklahoma ($250).

McAuliffe received $100,000 each from the International Association of Fire Fighters union and Sungate Real Estate. Ted Weschler, an investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway Inc., donated $25,000 to McAuliffe’s campaign. Boyd Tinsley, a member of the Dave Matthews Band, gave $10,000.

Cuccinelli’s donations included $165,000 from Liberty Now, a political committee he formed in 2010, and $50,000 each from Intrust Wealth Management of Wichita, Kansas, and Presidential Coalition LLC, an affiliate of the Washington-based advocacy group Citizens United.

Cuccinelli received $25,000 from a Virginia-based political committee of Verizon Communications Inc.

Cuccinelli began this year with $1.18 million in cash-on-hand, compared with $1.04 million for McAuliffe, the reports showed.

McAuliffe and Cuccinelli are vying to succeed Republican Hov. Bob McDonnell, who isn’t seeking re-election because of a Virginia law that bars governors from serving consecutive terms. The election is Nov. 5.


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