Virginia's top three elected officials assembled impressive amounts of cash during the first half of the year, with newly released figures providing an early glimpse into their war chests after the 2009 election season.
Opportunity Virginia, the political action committee of Gov. Bob McDonnell, raised more than $720,000 in the second quarter, according to the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks political money in the state.
"[We're] obviously very pleased with the amount of support we've seen across the state," said Phil Cox, a senior political adviser for McDonnell. "We exceeded our goal in the second quarter of the year."
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's Bolling for Governor campaign committee collected $335,000 from January to June, though the next gubernatorial election isn't until 2013.
Bolling's off to a good start, said political analyst Bob Holsworth, founder and president of Virginia Tomorrow.
"I think what Bolling is trying to do is accumulate money in the war chest to be the 'heir inevitable' to McDonnell," he said.
But Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff, said the lieutenant governor is concentrating on his duties, not raising money.
"[Fundraising] is not something we're particularly focused on right now," he said.
Noah Wall, the political director for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, said his boss is taking a similar tack.
"For this year, our major fundraising will be in the fall," Wall said. "As always, Ken prides himself on the number of small donors that we have."
His Cuccinelli for Governor and Liberty Now committees combined to raise nearly $200,000 through June 30, with more than 1,000 cash contributions of $100 or less.
"Cuccinelli marches to his own drum and has a base that is with him regardless of dollars," Holsworth said.
McDonnell, Bolling and Cuccinelli will also be helping to campaign for the state's 2010 Republican congressional candidates, their staff members said. The GOP is particularly eyeing the seats of freshman Reps. Tom Perriello, Glenn Nye and Gerald Connolly, as well as longtime Rep. Rick Boucher.
"They're all going to be campaigning for all the Republicans -- there's no doubt about that," Holsworth said. "It would be very demoralizing if they don't pick up at least, essentially, two seats here."