- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 8, 2001

Mark R. Warner, the Democrat running for Virginia governor, received about $2.3 million in campaign contributions during July and August and at the end of August had $3 million in the campaign account, his campaign announced yesterday.
To date, he has raised more than $10 million, on pace to top the record $10.9 million raised by current Gov. James S. Gilmore III in his 1997 gubernatorial victory.
Both Mr. Warner and his Republican opponent this year, Mark L. Earley, have until Sept. 17 to file official reports for the two-month period, but the Warner campaign released preliminary numbers yesterday, showing another strong period.
Mr. Earley's campaign didn't have numbers yesterday but Anne B. Kincaid, a senior campaign adviser, said she expects the Earley numbers will be competitive.
"Seeing what they released today makes me feel pretty good," she said. "They certainly haven't got a blowout over us."
About 14,000 individuals have donated to the Warner campaign that's 4,000 new donors during the two-month period ending Aug. 31 and 93 percent of his donors are from Virginia.
One of those donations from outside the state came from Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins. He gave $25,000 to Mr. Warner on Aug. 31.
Mr. Warner has other Redskins on board his campaign. Defensive end Bruce Smith has made a radio commercial for Mr. Warner that began running Sept. 1, and will continue to run during Virginia Tech football games.
In the 30-second commercial, an announcer talks about Mr. Warner's plan to improve facilities and research at the university. Then Mr. Smith, who played at Tech from 1981 to 1984, tells listeners: "I'm Bruce Smith. On November 6, put a vote in for the Hokies. Vote Mark Warner for governor."
The radio ad illustrates another benefit of Mr. Warner's big campaign checkbook the ability to zero in on a niche market. Mr. Warner has announced a dozen policy plans, covering a wide spectrum of concerns some as universal as public education, some as targeted as access to clean drinking water for those communities in southwestern Virginia.
Meanwhile, the Earley campaign will be getting help from an old pro, Chris LaCivita, who ran George F. Allen's successful bid to oust incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles S. Robb last year. Mr. LaCivita, who ran the state Republican Party before last year and then went to work at the National Republican Senatorial Committee this year, will join the Earley campaign on Monday as an adviser.
Some Republican activists who have voiced concerns that the Earley campaign is adrift, without direction or message, were excited by news of Mr. LaCivita's arrival.


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