I’ve just reviewed a list of cities and counties where Terry McAuliffe has raised money for his gubernatorial run of Virginia. After looking at this list, it’s hard for me to believe that McAuliffe will care more about Virginia than his friends who don’t live here and can’t vote for him.
Consider this: in the first quarter, McAuliffe raised:
- More money from Orlando & Orange County, Fla. than he did in Arlington
- More from Chicago & Cook County, Ill. than he did in Alexandria
- More from Palm Beach County, Fla. than he did from Henrico
- More from Philadelphia, Pa. than he did from Loudoun
- More from Atlanta & Fulton County, Ga. than he did from Norfolk
- More from Dallas & Dallas County, Tex. than he did from Chesterfield
- More from Phoenix & Maricopa County, Ariz than he did from Prince William
- More from Miami-Dade County, Fla. than he did from he did from Richmond
- More from Fairfield County, Conn. than he did from Chesapeake
- More from Houston & Harris County, Tex. than he did from Virginia Beach
I will say this for McAuliffe, he raised $828,117 from Fairfax County. There is not another city or county in America who was more generous to McAuliffe than Fairfax, home to 1 in 7 Virginia voters. But Washington, DC, with $742,751 in donations and Los Angeles County, Calif., with $652, 674 in donations came in a close second and third respectively. Check out McAuliffe’s report from as analyzed by the Virginia Public Access Project for details.
When you look at McAuliffe’s report, only 6 of his top 20 localities are in Virginia. Call me crazy, but I think that Bob McDonnell, Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran can raise the money they need from Virginians because they live here. They’ve spent their lives in public service to Virginia.
If Terry McAuliffe had any history in Virginia, he wouldn’t have had to raise 82 percent of his campaign funds from somewhere else.
Virginia, we can do better.