- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009

RICHMOND (AP) | Terry R. McAuliffe, the former Democratic national chairman and best friend to Bill and Hillary Clinton, spent nearly $95 for each of the votes he received in his unsuccessful bid for Virginia governor.

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday with the State Board of Elections show that Mr. McAuliffe spent slightly more than $8 million in his five-month campaign for the Democratic nomination.

That comes to about $94.75 for each of the 84,640 votes he received in his lopsided primary loss to state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County.

Mr. McAuliffe took 26 percent of the vote to nearly 50 percent for Mr. Deeds out of about 320,000 cast. Delegate Brian J. Moran finished third with slightly less than 24 percent.

The figures reflect money raised and spent by candidates for statewide and legislative offices from May 28 through June.

Mr. Deeds got $1 million during that time from national Democratic sources in slightly more than a month after his surprisingly easy victory.

His report shows that $500,000 of the $3.4 million Mr. Deeds raised over slightly more than a month came from the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Governors Association matched the amount.

None of the three primary candidates received national party funding before the primary. Uncontested Republican Robert F. McDonnell took in nearly $3.5 million from national Republicans during that time.

Mr. McDonnell raised $1.8 million in June, none of it from national party sources.

Mr. Deeds also got $500,000 from the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and $100,000 from the Service Employees International Union.

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