Wealthy donors boost Perriello’s fundraising to head of pack

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Democrat Tom Perriello, an insurgent candidate for Virginia governor, outraised his opponents last quarter with big help from wealthy donors like hedge-fund billionaire George Soros and the global activist group Avaaz. Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Perriello raised $2.2 million since he got in the race in January, with about half coming from four donors. His opponent in the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, reported raising $1.5 million. Northam could not raise money during the 45-day legislative session earlier this year. Ed Gillespie led the Republican gubernatorial field, raising $1.9 million. That includes $25,000 each from former President George W. Bush and former White House aide Karl Rove. Republican Corey Stewart raised $300,000 and state Sen. Frank Wagner raised $60,000.

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