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Update: Historic Perspective on $1 million

Date: 01/16/2013

$1 million sounds like a lot of money.

However, the fundraising benchmark that gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe hit during the second half of 2012 comes up short when compared to the amounts raised in the four previous election cycles.

The chart below shows that six of the last eight major party gubernatorial candidates raised more money than Cuccinelli and McAuliffe in the six months leading to the election year.

FUNDRAISING BY GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES - 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013

Amounts shown represent campaign donations reported in the second half of the year before the election.

Money raised year before election in previous years