RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's major party candidates for governor are taking more than two-thirds of their campaign contributions from outside of Virginia.
Campaign finance data analyzed by the nonprofit and independent watchdog of political cash, the Virginia Public Access Project, shows that Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli received more outside political money than any governor's race on record.
Only 30.5 percent of Cuccinelli's fundraising through August came from Virginians, and it was only 26.6 percent for McAuliffe. The opposite was true for Libertarian Robert Sarvis, the only Virginia-born candidate, who raised 68 percent of his scant $66,060 inside the state.
Since VPAP began tracking state political fundraising in 1997, candidates for governor got 60 percent to 70 percent of their contributions from individuals with Virginia addresses or Virginia-based companies.