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Democrat’s Fundraising Goode Enough to Compete

Attorney Tom Perriello, the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 5th district race against Rep. Virgil Goode (R), raised more than $300,000 in the second quarter of the year and will report more than $900,000 in total cash raised for the cycle in his next Federal Election Commission report, according to a news release issued by his campaign this week.

Democrats are starting to believe that Perriello has an outside chance of ousting Goode, a six-term incumbent who has never had to sweat re-election.

In the release, the campaign boasted that Perriello has refused all contributions from corporate political action committees and lobbyists and said that 96 percent of donations have come from individuals.

Perriello, who is known for his work with nonprofit groups, has proved to be an effective fundraiser. Perriello actually brought in more money than Goode in the first quarter of 2008, although Goode still maintained a nearly $100,000 cash-on-hand lead at the end of March.

Goode’s campaign said this week that his second-quarter fundraising numbers were not yet available for the FEC, where they are due on July 15.

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