One area that Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli have wide differences on is the environment- and in particular the types of resources we should be using to create energy.
Environmental protection advocates are siding with McAuliffe- and they are putting up big bucks to pay for a couple of hard hitting ads attacking Ken Cuccinelli.
Take a look at this ad, one of many from the enviornmental protection advocacy group NextGen Climate Action:
NextGen has spent millions to inform Virginians about a controversy over gas royalties in Southwest Virginia.
In fact in TV buys alone, the group has spent more than $2 million.
So who is NextGen- and why do they care so much about the race for governor?
Their funding comes from specifically one place- Tom Steyer a billionaire from California with one pretty specific agenda.
"I am a businessperson, I am used to the idea of business, but I am also used to the idea of fairness and people playing by the rules," said Steyer during a recent trip to Richmond.
Steyer told a group of VCU students that the gas royalty case angered him, but it also falls in line with a pet project of his- defending the environment.
"It's clear that if you want to grow the clean economy here in Virginia you have to focus on it and you have to not mock it," said Mike Casey who serves as Steyer’s spokesman in Virginia.
In Virginia NextGen's activism has been specific to the royalty case. They've paid an impersonator to mock Cuccinelli and have flown banners over major events.
But in other states they work is specific- for instance, they've lobbied to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Cuccinelli's supporters say NextGen is not so much concerned about a small group of Virginia landowners, but instead helping McAuliffe shut down Virginia's coal industry which employees thousands.
Casey defended Steyer saying his goals are specific.
"We know that the clean economy is going to grow,” Casey said. “The question is we going to work to have clean economy jobs in this state or we going to export them out to china?"
You can see our complete report below:
Here is where we got our information from:
*An interview with Mike Casey- spokesman of NextGen Climate action.
*NextGen Climate Action's web site.
*KensVirginia.com (A NextGen web site)
*NextGen reports from VPAP.org.