McClellan Campaign Announces Over $1 Million Raised in April and May, Best Fundraising Period of the Campaign

McClellan is the Only of 5 Candidates to Increase Fundraising from Q1, Showing the Grassroots Strength Necessary to Defeat Glenn Youngkin


RICHMOND, Va. — Today, gubernatorial candidate Senator Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) gubernatorial campaign announced that it raised over $1 million across all entities during the pre-election period of 2021. April and May represented McClellan’s best fundraising report of the campaign so far, showing the growing momentum and support for McClellan leading into the June 8 primary.

McClellan’s campaign is the only campaign to increase fundraising from the first quarter report to the pre-primary report. Her $1 million raised in April and May represents a 57% increase over the first quarter of 2021. Every other candidate faced a decrease: former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s fundraising decreased 33%; former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy’s decreased 44%; Del. Lee Carter’s fundraising decreased 77% and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s decreased 96%.

McClellan also received donations from every congressional district in Virginia. Over 75% of her contributions this quarter were under $100 and nearly 90% were under $200—a major sign of the grassroots momentum behind her candidacy. 

McClellan’s campaign has been bolstered by major field and outreach programs from New Virginia Majority, Care in Action and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC — three groups that have been communicating with voters and their robust progressive networks about McClellan’s historic candidacy. Collectively, they’ve made nearly 1 million door knocks and phone calls.

“The momentum behind Jenn McClellan’s grassroots-powered campaign delivered our best quarter yet,” said campaign manager Rachel Perry. “Virginia Democrats are showing up and standing behind Jenn because they know she is the best candidate to defeat Glenn Youngkin this November. As we head into the June 8 primary, the grassroots energy supporting Jenn will continue to propel our movement to rebuild a more equitable Virginia.”

McClellan’s record quarter comes on the heels of her stand out debate performance last night, where she drew contrast with former Gov. McAuliffe and highlighted her plans to uplift Virginia with no community left behind.