It is not the last we will see this, but both Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) have big fundraisers planned with big names over the next few weeks.
Both fundraisers are the kind that could bring in big bucks and will reinforce their image with their die hard supporters, but may raise concerns with independent voters that could play a big role in the November election.
First Cuccinnelli. The presumptive Republican nominee is bringing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to Virginia Beach on March 15th. Walker is a beloved conservative who has successfully pushed through a number of controversial policies in a state that is decidedly purple. Chief among Walker's accomplishments was a measure that ended collective bargaining for state employee unions.
As much as Walker is loved by conservatives, he is loathed by liberals. His aggressive governorship prompted an attempt to recall him as governor mid-way through his term. He easily survived the recall threat, further cementing his legacy as a conservative darling. He is on almost every short list for the GOP nomination for president in 2016.
Now McAuliffe- It is not so much who is raising money for the presumptive democratic nominee, but where. McAuliffe's best friend former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser hosted by trial lawyer John Morgan. The fundraiser will take place March 5th in Lakeland, FL at Morgan's home.
Florida is one of a number of states that McAuliffe is rumored to at one time considered a run for Governor. The other is his native state of New York. It just so happens Clinton will also headline a fundraiser for McAuliffe in New York City on March 13th. The NYC event will be hosted by hedge fund billionaire Marc Lasry.
With big stakes this will not be the end of high profile fundraisers both in and out of state. We will keep track of them and bring them to your attention when they are of interest.