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As of Friday, Mr. McAuliffe’s 50 big-money contributions totaled $1,007,000 — slightly less than the $1,045,600 Mr. Kaine collected from 42 big-money donors through Jan. 3, 2006, according to campaign finance records. Mr. Kaine raised more than $3 million for his inauguration and ultimately transferred about $460,000 of unused funds to his political action committee — an option that legislators have since eliminated.

Mr. McAuliffe’s haul is more than twice the $440,000 Mr. McDonnell took in from 21 big-money donors through Jan. 3, 2010, according to campaign finance records. Mr. McDonnell raised almost $2 million after publicly announcing he was scaling back his inaugural celebration in light of the financial hardships many Virginians faced because of the economic recession.

Raising money has never been a problem for Mr. McAuliffe, who took in more than $37 million in his race against Mr. Cuccinelli. The Republican raised about $20 million.

State Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, Fairfax Democrat, on Friday introduced a series of bills focused on ethics and campaign finance reforms in the state. One of those would put a cap on campaign contributions to $20,000 per person and $50,000 per political action committee.

“You get supersized donations in every case in every campaign and it has a huge impact,” he said. “Can I predict who would benefit or which party would benefit with a new regime with these restrictions? No, I cannot.”

Mr. Petersen said Virginia needs to stop the large amounts of money that are fueling the campaign process.

“It tends to distort the issues, it distorts the conversations,” he said. “If a voter doesn’t have money, than frankly candidates aren’t interested in their opinions.”

The governor-elect is no more or less at risk than anyone else, the senator said.

“There’s no more concern for Terry McAuliffe than I would have for Gov. McDonnell or Gov. Kaine or Gov. Warner,” Mr. Petersen said. “I think all people are susceptible to it. Chap Peterson is susceptible to it.”