Money rolls in to Election Day, beyond

Posted: November 12, 2013

The Winchester Star

Ken Cuccinelli
Mark Herring
E.W. Jackson
Terry McAuliffe
Mark Obenshain

WINCHESTER — Millions of dollars poured into the statewide campaigns in the week just prior to the Nov. 5 election.

Campaign finance disclosures provided by the Virginia Public Access Project show that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe — as he had throughout the campaign — led the pack in campaign donations, receiving about $1.6 million from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4.

That compares to a little more than $300,000 for his Republican opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Republican attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain, locked in a tight post-election canvass with Democrat Mark Herring (who is currently ahead by 117 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast), brought in more than $700,000 in the week before the election and a couple of days after.

According to VPAP, starting Oct. 25, statewide candidates had to report any donations above $5,000 within 24 hours, and House of Delegates candidates had to report those above $1,000.

McAuliffe received $431,397 from 9 p.m. Oct. 28 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Several donations were for $50,000 each, but none were for more.

During the following 24 hours, McAuliffe received $510,373. He received an in-kind donation of $150,000 — for mail — from the Democratic Party of Virginia. The next highest donation, $74,800, was an in-kind one for online communications services from the Virginia Sierra Club PAC.

McAuliffe received $237,472 from 5 p.m. Oct. 30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. The largest donation was $46,571, and it was in-kind for catering and event expenses from Haim Saban.

From 5 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5 p.m. Nov. 1, McAuliffe received $159,883. The largest amount — $86,810 — came from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters in the form of canvass and literature.

From Sunday evening to the Monday afternoon before Election Day, McAuliffe received $254,408. The largest individual donation was $32,535 and came from Harvey Weinstein.

From the evening of Oct. 28 to late afternoon Oct. 29, Cuccinelli received $75,236 in donations. The largest donation, $50,000, came from Thomas Rastin.

In the 24 hours between Oct. 29 and 30, he received $12,237.

Cuccinelli received $35,000 between 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and 5 p.m. Oct. 31. According to VPAP, no donation exceeded $25,000.

In a 24-hour period starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 31, Cuccinelli received $170,274, of which $125,000 came from the Republican Governors Association as an in-kind donation of a media buy.

Cuccinelli received $36,121 from 9 p.m. Nov. 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. No individual donation was for greater than $25,000.

Lieutenant Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, a Democrat, received $5,312 in donations from 5 p.m. Oct. 30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. During the following 24-hour period, he received $103,253, of which $86,810 came from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters as an in-kind canvassing donation.

His Republican opponent, E.W. Jackson, didn’t report any donations above $5,000.

On Oct. 28, Obenshain reported receiving $100,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee, which also made an in-kind donation of printing worth $368, according to a release from VPAP.

From 9:05 p.m. Oct. 28 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29, $350,993 came into Obenshain’s campaign. The largest donation — $191,785 — was from Common Sense Virginia PAC, and was an in-kind donation of media purchase.

The Republican State Leadership Committee made a $100,000 donation at that time, with the Republican Party of Virginia making an in-kind donation for direct mailing of $54,208.

During the next 24 hours, Obenshain reported $5,000. And, between 5 p.m. Oct. 31 and 5 p.m. Nov. 1, he received $3,438 in donations.

The final reporting period before the election — 9 p.m. Nov. 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 — saw $50,806 in donations come in to Obenshain. No individual one was for more than $25,000.

However, more donations came in for Obenshain after the election. VPAP on Monday reported that he had received $60,000 since Nov. 7. Of that, $50,000 was from the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Herring received $15,455 the evening of Oct. 28 until the afternoon of Oct. 29, according to VPAP.

He received $120,000 in the next 24-hour period, with $100,000 of that coming from Planned Parenthood Votes in the form of a radio ad — production and airtime purchase.

However, Herring received $1.3 million in a 24-hour period between Oct. 30 and 31. Most of that, about $1.27 million, came from Independence USA PAC for media buys.

During the following 24-hour period, Herring received $67,272 in donations, none of which was more than $25,000.

Herring was given $45,000 — with no donation above $25,000 — from 9 p.m. Nov. 3 and 5 p.m. Nov. 4.

Mary Costello Daniel, who ran unsuccessfully for the 33rd House of Delegates seat, received $10,000 from the Virginia House Democratic Caucus from 5 p.m. Oct. 31 and 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

Republican Dave LaRock beat Daniel, a Democrat, and Libertarian Patrick Hagerty.

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