Terry McAuliffe

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Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe

Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe (born February 9, 1957) is an American businessman, political consultant, and a Democratic candidate for the 2009 gubernatorial election in Virginia. Previously, he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 2001 to 2005. He also served as chairman of the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

McAuliffe grew up in Syracuse, New York and graduated from Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School in 1975. His father was treasurer of the local Democratic organization. He started his first business, McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance, at the age of 14. In 1979, he received a bachelors degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After graduation, McAuliffe took a job in the 1980 presidential reelection campaign of Jimmy Carter, and at the age of 22 became the national finance director. It was during this campaign that McAuliffe wrestled an eight-foot, 260-pound alligator for a $15,000 contribution. After the campaign, McAuliffe enrolled in law school at Georgetown University. He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1984. McAuliffe then served as Chairman of the Federal City National Bank by the age of 30.

In February 2001, McAuliffe was elected as the chairman of the DNC. He served until February 10, 2005, covering a period of impressive fundraising wherein the DNC raised more than $578 million, and emerged from debt for the first time in party history. During McAuliffe's tenure, the DNC built a new headquarters and created a computer database of more than 170 million potential voters known as "Demzilla". The DNC also founded a Women’s Vote Center to educate and mobilize women voters and the Voting Rights Institute to protect voting rights and a “Something New” program, an initiative to mobilize younger voters.

In 2002, candidate for Governor of New York, Carl McCall accused McAuliffe and the DNC of shorting his campaign of funds. McCall was trailing incumbent George Pataki by 11 points in polls. McAuliffe said, "I've got to put the resources where we can win elections," describing the races to defeat Florida Governor Jeb Bush and re-elect Senator Jean Carnahan of Missouri as his priorities. Pataki and Bush were re-elected and Carnahan was defeated by Jim Talent in the 2002 gubernatorial and Senate elections. Democrats also lost seats in the House.

In 2003, the DNC hosted more presidential primary debates than in any previous primary season - six, including the first-ever bilingual presidential debate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The DNC also partnered with the Congressional Black Caucus to hold a debate in Baltimore, Maryland. As part of this lead-up to the 2004 presidential election, McAuliffe sought to restructure the Democratic primary schedule. As a result, states like South Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico were allowed to vote earlier, in a nod towards the African-American and Hispanic communities. According to the Washington Post, the new schedule gave Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, enough time to raise over $200 million for the general election.

Kerry narrowly lost the 2004 presidential election to George W. Bush. Once again, Democrats lost seats in Congress.

In January 2005, McAuliffe distributed $5 million of DNC funds to Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for the Virginia governor's seat. This donation was the largest non-presidential disbursement in DNC history, and was part of McAuliffe's attempt to prove the Democrats' viability in southern states in the wake of the 2004 presidential election. Kaine was successful in his bid and is the current governor of Virginia.

Upon the completion of his term as chairman of the DNC, McAuliffe was succeeded by former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean.

In March 1997, McAuliffe made an angel investment of $100,000 in a company known then as Atlantic Crossing. "Like many investors in the late 90s, I was on the lookout for investments related to the Internet," McAuliffe said. By August 1999, the company had changed its name to Global Crossing and went public. McAuliffe later sold a portion of the investment.

In mid-January 2002, the DNC criticized President George W. Bush and the Republican party for their ties to Enron culminating with McAuliffe attacking Bush on this issue during a January 20, 2002 appearance on Meet the Press. Starting on January 28, 2002, McAuliffe was criticized by political commentators including Matt Drudge, Frank Rich, Rick Perlstein, William Safire, and Arianna Huffington for his investments in Global Crossing, which filed for bankruptcy in 2002. One New York Times reporter categorized the accusations against Global Crossing as "many of the same accusations that have made Enron into one of the largest corporate scandals in history." McAuliffe played no management role in Global Crossing and had no ties to Enron. Howard Kurtz of CNN reported that McAuliffe was free of any wrongdoing, having sold his shares years before there was "any hint of trouble with the company." On July 20, 2002, Marc Racicot, the chairman of the Republican National Committee told Fox News reporter Rita Cosby, "I haven't seen anything that was done that was wrong by Terry McAuliffe." On January 29, 2000, McAuliffe discussed the issue on the Fox News television program Hannity & Colmes where he claimed that former President George H.W. Bush gave a speech in Japan praising Global Crossing in exchange for the right to purchase $80,000 of stock at a reduced price of 34 cents per share.

On January 23, 2007, his book, What A Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals ISBN 9780312357870, was released and debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Washington Post's list.

As a former party chairman, McAuliffe was one of the roughly 796 superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He was a supporter of Hillary Clinton.

On June 4, 2008, McAuliffe appeared on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe", presenting a bottle of rum to Mika Brzezinski. After imbibing several shots of the rum on-air he stated that Barack Obama "had the numbers" and that Hillary Clinton knew she had lost the 2008 primary race.

On November 10, 2008, McAuliffe filed to form an exploratory committee for Governor of Virginia. He told reporters that he plans to spend the next few months traveling to "every corner of Virginia" to measure interest in his possible run. McAuliffe told The Washington Post that he is "best suited to carry the Democratic banner because he will campaign as a business leader who can bring jobs to Virginia." He also cited his ability to raise money for down-ticket Democratic candidates. On January 3, 2009, McAuliffe announced in a YouTube video emailed to his supporters that he will be running for Governor of Virginia in the Democratic primaries.

McAuliffe's political team includes several former staffers from the campaigns of Democrats Tim Kaine, Mark Warner and Jim Webb. Among them are campaign manager Mike Henry, senior strategist Mo Elleithee, and communications director Delacey Skinner. According to The Washington Post, some political observers say McAuliffe could raise as much as $80 million over the course of the campaign.

In the primary, McAuliffe is expected to face at least two well-known Democrats who have announced their candidacy. State Sen. Creigh Deeds, 2005 nominee for Attorney General, and Del. Brian Moran, the House Democratic Caucus Chairman, have already joined the race. Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell is the only person running thus far for the Republican nomination for governor. Early polls indicated that McAuliffe began the campaign tied with Moran.

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Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2008

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New York junior Senator and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had expressed interest in the 2008 United States presidential election since at least October 2002, drawing media speculation on whether she would become a candidate. No woman has ever won the nomination of a major party in the history of U.S. presidential elections.

On January 20, 2007, she announced that she was forming an exploratory committee and filed with the Federal Election Commission to seek the nomination of the Democratic Party. Subsequently she began fundraising and campaigning activities. For several months Clinton led opinion polls among Democratic candidates by substantial margins until Senator Barack Obama pulled close to or even with her. Clinton then regained her polling lead, winning many polls by double digits; by autumn 2007 she was leading all other Democratic candidates by wide margins in national polls. She placed third in the Iowa caucus to Barack Obama and John Edwards, and trailed considerably in polls shortly thereafter in New Hampshire before staging a comeback and finishing first in the primary there.

She went on to win a plurality of votes in Nevada, but won fewer delegates in Nevada than Obama, then lost by a large margin in South Carolina. On Super Tuesday, Clinton won the most populous states such as California and New York, while Obama won more states total. The two gained a nearly equal number of delegates and a nearly equal share of the total popular vote. Clinton then lost the next eleven caucuses and primaries to Obama, and lost the overall delegate lead to him for the first time. On March 4, his consecutive wins increased to twelve when Vermont went his way. After an increasingly aggressive round of campaigning, Clinton broke the string of losses with wins in the Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas primaries.

Clinton subsequently lost in Wyoming, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon, and won in Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico and South Dakota. On the final day of primaries on June 3, 2008, Obama had gained enough pledged- and super-delegates to become the presumptive nominee; she then suspended her campaign on June 7, 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama.

In July 2005 the magazine Washington Monthly ran two side-by-side articles debating the pros and cons of a potential Clinton candidacy.

Clinton announced formation of her exploratory committee on January 20, 2007, with a post on her website. In a statement on her website, she left no doubt that she had decided to run: "I'm in. And I'm in to win." She filed the official paperwork for an exploratory committee.

Clinton's campaign was run by a team of advisers and political operatives. Patti Solis Doyle was the first female Hispanic to manage a presidential campaign, which she did from its inception. Deputy campaign manager Mike Henry had managed Tim Kaine's successful campaign for Governor of Virginia in 2005 and coordinated the Democratic advertising efforts for the Senate elections of 2006. Mark Penn, CEO of PR firm Burson-Marsteller and president of polling company Penn, Schoen & Berland was described as Clinton's "strategic genius" in a role likened to that which Karl Rove played in George W. Bush's campaigns. Howard Wolfson, a veteran of New York politics, served as the campaign spokesperson. Evelyn S. Lieberman, who worked for Clinton when she was First Lady and served as Deputy White House Chief of Staff, was the chief operating officer of the campaign. Ann Lewis, White House communications director from 1997 to 2000, was Senior Advisor to the campaign. Cheryl Mills was general counsel for the campaign. Jonathan Mantz was finance director, Mandy Grunwald the lead media consultant, Neera Tanden the campaign's policy director, Kim Molstre the director of scheduling and long-term planning, Phil Singer the deputy communications director, Leecia Eve a senior policy advisor, Nathaniel Pearlman the chief technology officer, and Minyon Moore a senior policy advisor. Other campaign workers also date from the "Hillaryland" team of the White House years.

Other advisers and supporters included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Richard Holbrooke, Sandy Berger, Wesley Clark, former Rep. and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, former Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, and former Secretary of Defense William Perry. Less well-known but key region and subject specialists were the focus of an intense recruiting battle between her and fellow candidate Barack Obama.

An October 2007 study of ongoing presidential campaign staffs showed that 8 of her 14 senior staff were women, as were 12 of her 20 top paid staff and 85 of her 161 nominally paid staff; overall she had the largest percentage of women in her campaign of any candidate surveyed other than Mike Huckabee.

On February 10, 2008, Solis Doyle ceased duties as campaign manager, and become a senior adviser, traveling with Clinton. Although Solis Doyle claimed the unanticipated length of the primary campaign led to her to resign the post, campaign insiders confirmed that she was ousted. Solis Doyle had survived three previous efforts to oust her.

Maggie Williams was appointed campaign manager; she had been Hillary's chief of staff at the White House. Williams had been brought in January on a thirty-day assignment as a senior advisor, and had demanded clarity in the chain of command with the authority to settle internal strategy and policy disputes, threatening to leave the campaign. Within the next few days, Deputy Campaign Manager Mike Henry also stepped down, as did two top staff members for her web-based operations. An two in-depth accounts by Joshua Green in The Atlantic, he attributed Solis Doyle's downfall to her failure to manage campaign spending, her inability to prevent factional disputes within the campaign, and her not recognizing Obama's candidacy as a serious threat earlier. Henry's departure was expected, as Solis Doyle had originally brought him in to the campaign.

Chief campaign strategist Mark Penn resigned on April 6, 2008, amid controversy surrounding his work with the Colombian government and the free trade bill opposed by many big unions. Clinton has remained firm in her opposition to the trade bill and has said she would vote against it. Penn resigned after news surfaced he had met with the Colombian ambassador, not as Clinton's adviser but as CEO of his P.R. firm, though he admitted the subject of the meeting was the trade bill. Penn was replaced with Geoff Garin, a respected pollster, who became the chief strategist. He was slated to continue work for the campaign via his polling firm.

In January 2007 Clinton announced that she would forgo public financing for both the primary and general elections due to the spending limits imposed when accepting the federal money. She had $14 million left from her 2006 Senate race, which put her in a good starting position compared to other Democratic candidates. Clinton insiders said the senator's goal is to raise at least $60 million in 2007. Longtime Democratic political and finance leader Terry McAuliffe is Clinton's campaign chair; notable fundraisers such as Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. and Steven Rattner have signed on to her campaign. "Bundlers" who collect more than $100,000 for her campaign become known as "HillRaisers"; she has asked them to raise as much as $1 million each. Elton John raised $2.5 million in a benefit concert for Clinton at Radio City Music Hall, on April 9th.

On April 1, 2007, Clinton announced she had raised $26 million during the preceding three months, along with an additional transfer of $10 million from her Senate campaign account to her presidential account. This dwarfed the previous record for the comparable quarter, which was $9 million by Al Gore in 1999.

For the second quarter of 2007, Clinton raised about $27 million, less than Obama's newly set records for the quarter of $32.5 million in donations from 258,000 contributors but more than all other candidates. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, during the first six months of the year, about 70% of her funds came from donors giving the maximum $2,300; this compared to 44% for Obama and 42% for Edwards.

For the third quarter of 2007, which typically sees lower numbers than the rest of the year, Clinton led all candidates with $27 million raised and with 100,000 new contributors. This beat Obama's $20 million and allowed Clinton to apportion some of the amount for an expected general election race rather than the primary season.

In the fourth quarter of 2007, Clinton raised approximately $20 million, bringing her total for the year to more than $100 million. This equaled the amount raised by Obama in the quarter, and was also similar to what Republican fundraising surprise Ron Paul garnered during the quarter.

During January 2008, Clinton raised $13.5 million. This paled in comparison to Obama's $32 million for the same month, and Clinton was forced to loan her campaign $5 million from her and Bill Clinton's personal assets. Further, Clinton's campaign ended January with $7.6 million in debt, aside from the personal loan. Rebounding from weak fundraising in January 2008, Sen. Clinton expected to raise $35 million in February 2008 -- a figure rival Sen. Barack Obama's campaign said it would surpass. On March 6, 2008 it was revealed that Senator Obama raised a record $55 million dollars in February, what the Associated Press reported as the largest amount of funds raised in one month in the history of Presidential primaries.

In April, it was revealed that the Clinton campaign began the month $1 million in debt. While the campaign had $20 million cash on hand, only $9 million was available for the primary and the campaign had $10 million in debt. Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson acknowledged the debt, but noted that "The money continues to come in strongly" and that the campaign would be paying off the debts.

Clinton left the race with $22.5 million in debt, at least $11.4 million of which came from her own pocket.

Norman Hsu was a businessman with a background in the apparel industry. By 2007 he was a prominent fundraiser for the Clinton campaign, having achieved HillRaiser status, having co-hosted a $1 million fundraiser at wealthy Democratic Party supporter Ron Burkle's Beverly Hills estate, and having been scheduled to co-host a major gala fundraising event featuring music legend Quincy Jones.

The next day, on August 29, The Los Angeles Times reported that Hsu was a longtime fugitive, having failed to appear for sentencing for a 1992 fraud conviction. The Clinton campaign reversed course, saying it would give to charity the $23,000 that Hsu personally contributed to her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election and her political action committee. The campaign said it did not plan to give away funds that Hsu had collected from other donors.

On September 5, Hsu failed to appear for a court hearing and became a fugitive again. The Clinton campaign said, “We believe that Mr. Hsu, like any individual who has obligations before the court, should be meeting them, and he should do so now.” Hsu was recaptured less than 48 hours later.

By September 10, newspaper reports indicated that the FBI was looking into the legitimacy of an investment pool that Hsu had been running at the time of his large-scale contributing. Moreover, Irvine, California businessman Jack Cassidy said he had, as early as June 2007, tried to warn authorities and the Clinton campaign that Hsu was running an illicit enterprise, and that both officials and the Clinton campaign had been non-responsive. A California Democratic Party query at the time in June was responded to by the Clinton campaign's western finance director: "I can tell you with 100 certainty that Norman Hsu is not involved in a ponzi scheme. He is completely legit." The campaign later said it had further looked at Hsu's public records at the time, but that no problems had emerged.

Later on September 10, the Clinton campaign announced it would return the full $850,000 in donations that Hsu had raised from others: "In light of recent events and allegations that Mr. Norman Hsu engaged in an illegal investment scheme, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to return the money he raised for our campaign. An estimated 260 donors this week will receive refunds totaling approximately $850,000 from the campaign." In doing so, the Clinton camp set a precedent for how campaigns should deal with potential "bundling" scandals. The campaign also announced it would put into place tougher procedures for vetting major contributors, including running criminal background checks. Hsu-raised bundles had also gone to Clinton's political action committee and to her 2006 Senate re-election campaign; Clinton officials were undecided regarding what to do with those funds.

The political watchdog organization Judicial Watch said it would try to get the U.S. Justice Department and the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the Hsu matter. Clinton aides stressed that Hsu had never received favorable treatment from her: "The Senate office had no official contact with him, and undertook no actions on his behalf." Clinton herself called the whole affair "a rude awakening to all of us," meaning other campaigns as well.

By October 2007 the Hsu matter had quieted down. Clinton's third quarter campaign expenditures report showed the $800,000 in contributions, mostly Hsu-related, being returned to more than 200 donors, some of whom were surprised to see the money coming back and who said they knew not of Hsu.

In October 2007, an article in the Los Angeles Times stated that, "Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton's campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000." . The Times further stated, "At this point in the presidential campaign cycle, Clinton has raised more money than any candidate in history. Those dishwashers, waiters and street stall hawkers are part of the reason. And Clinton's success in gathering money from Chinatown's least-affluent residents stems from a two-pronged strategy: mutually beneficial alliances with powerful groups, and appeals to the hopes and dreams of people now consigned to the margins." . The New York Post reported similar findings. The Washington Post editorialized that reports such as these appear "to be another instance in which a Clinton campaign's zeal for campaign cash overwhelms its judgment," comparing it to the 1996 Clinton-Gore finance controversy of her husband.

An October 29, 2007 study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy found that Clinton had received the most media coverage of any of the 2008 presidential candidates, being the subject of 17 percent of all stories. The study found that 27 percent of the stories had a favorable tone towards her, 38 percent had an unfavorable tone, with the balance neutral.

A November 12, 2007 assessment by Michael Crowley of The New Republic of relations between the Clinton campaign and the press found that regarding published stories, "the Clinton media machine hyper-vigilant that no detail or editorial spin is too minor to draw a rebuke." The Clinton camp was also reported to engage in retribution regarding stories they did not like, complaining to reporters' editors or withholding access in other areas: "Even seasoned political journalists describe reporting on Hillary as a torturous experience." In spite of this, Crowley measured the press corps as giving Clinton "strikingly positive coverage".

Media Matters singled out MSNBC's Chris Matthews for his consistently harsh coverage of Clinton. During the primaries, and especially after the Iowa caucuses, Matthews was openly enthusiastic about Obama's candidacy. The New Republic reported that Matthews was "swooning" over Obama in the days leading up to the January 8 New Hampshire Democratic primary. On the night of that election, Matthews co-anchored MSNBC's coverage. Air America Radio host Rachel Maddow and political analyst Patrick Buchanan both noted the high turnout among women, and asserted that the media coverage made Clinton a sympathetic figure to female voters. Buchanan stated that the media had "virtually canonized" Obama and behaved as if he'd been "born in Bethlehem." Maddow told Matthews that several blogs were citing him as "a symbol of what the mainstream media has done to Hillary Clinton." She added that sites such as TalkingPointsMemo.com indicated that voters felt that the media were "piling on" Clinton, and were "coming to her defense with their votes." Matthews replied sarcastically, "My influence in American politics looms over the people. I'm overwhelmed myself." He added, "I will never underestimate Hillary Clinton again." The next day, Matthews appeared on Joe Scarborough's MSNBC morning show and said, "Let's not forget...the reason she's a U.S. Senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a frontrunner, is that her husband messed around". While this incited more controversy, Matthews noted that Clinton's political career started after she appeared with Senator Chuck Schumer and impressed Democratic leaders with her graceful handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. "I thought it was an unexceptional statement," he said. These comments, among others, have led Media Matters to launch a campaign against him and his remarks.

In a January 14 New York Times/CBS News poll, 51 percent of Democratic primary voters thought the media had been harder on Clinton than on the other candidates (with women especially thinking so), while 12 percent thought the media had been harder on Obama.

Measurements in late January by the University of Navarra indicated that Clinton and Obama were receiving roughly equal amounts of global media attention, once Obama won the Iowa caucuses.

Clinton has gotten an ironic supporter in consertative radio show host, Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh executed a plan for the listeners of Limbaugh's radio program to vote for Clinton in their state's respective primaries. Limbaugh started his Operation Chaos in order to "politically bloody up Barack Obama." This was known as "Rush the Vote" amoug the "Drive-by Media," a derogitory term used by Limbaugh when referencing the mainstream media, of which he does not consider himself to be a part. Though, Limbaugh wasn't supporting Hillary in hopes she would win the presidency, rather wanting to help divide the Democratic Party, so they wouldn't be well organized when the general election came.

Although Clinton was the 25th woman to run for U.S. president, she was the first female candidate to have held a highly probable chance of winning the nomination of a major party, and the presidential election. As such, remarks surrounding her gender and appearance have come to the fore. In March 2006, actress and sex symbol Sharon Stone expressed her doubt about Clinton's presidential chances, saying "Hillary still has sexual power, and I don't think people will accept that. It's too threatening." On a similar note, on August 9, 2006, the sculpture The Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton: The First Woman President of the United States of America was unveiled at the Museum of Sex in New York and attracted attention for its named focus; sculptor Daniel Edwards hopes it will spark discussion about sex, politics and celebrity.

In October 2006, Clinton's then-New York Senate race opponent, John Spencer, was reported to have commented on how much better Clinton looked now compared to in the 1970s, and speculated that she had cosmetic surgery. On the other hand, syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin never mentions her name without appending a sneering "Her Thighness" to it.

In her Senate career, Senator Clinton is often seen wearing a suit. However, twice in 2006, Clinton was criticized by National Review Online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez for showing cleavage while speaking in the Senate. Lopez implored Clinton to be more modest. The Washington Post revisited this question based on a new incident in July 2007, which provoked a widespread round of media self-criticism about whether it was a legitimate topic or not; the Clinton campaign then used claimed outrage at the reporting for fundraising purposes.

Following the nomination of Sarah Palin for the vice presidency at the Republican National Convention, Palin and Clinton have been compared and contrasted with one another in the media, due to their status as women running in the 2008 presidential elections. A New York Times article explains, "Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Palin have little in common beyond their breakout performances at the conventions and the soap opera aspects of their family lives. Mrs. Clinton always faces high expectations; Mrs. Palin faced low expectations this week, and benefited from them. Mrs. Clinton can seem harsh when she goes on the attack; Mrs. Palin has shown a knack for attacking without seeming nasty. Mrs. Clinton has a lot of experience; Ms. Palin, not so much. Mrs. Clinton is pantsuits; Mrs. Palin is skirts." Guy Cecil, the former political director of Mrs. Clinton's campaign, said it was "insulting" for Republicans to compare Ms. Palin to Mrs. Clinton". A Saturday Night Live skit, A Nonpartisan Message From Governor Sarah Palin & Senator Hillary Clinton, counterposed Palin, played by Tina Fey, against a caricature of Hillary Clinton. Fey presented Palin as a dimwit unable to understand global politics, as emphasized by the line: "I can see Russia from my house." Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current McCain advisor Carly Fiorina blasted the Saturday Night Live sketch in a television interview: "They were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive and Sarah Palin as totally superficial," and an ABC news headline soon after ran, "Now the McCain Campaign's Complaining that Saturday Night Live Skit Was 'Sexist'". However, Palin stated that she found the skit amusing.

In mid September 2008, a flurry of articles circulated announcing that "Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin plan to appear next week at the same rally in New York City – perhaps the closest the two history-making women will be to each other before Election Day." However, Clinton pulled out of her scheduled appearance at the rally protesting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when she found out Palin would also be there. "Clinton decided not to attend because she did not want to take part in a "partisan political event," her aide said. Soon after, organizers of the rally in New York withdrew their invitation to Palin.

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Creigh Deeds gubernatorial campaign, 2009

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Creigh Deeds has been Virginia State Senator since 2001 and was the Democratic Party's nominee for Attorney General of Virginia in 2005. He announced his candidacy for governor on December 13, 2007 in an online video. His current opposition is Virginia House of Delegates member Brian Moran and former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe .

Creigh Deeds had been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1991 to 2001 and has been a member of the state senate since he won a special election in the 25th district in 2001 .

Deeds announced his candidacy in December of 2007. He was quickly joined by Delegate Brian Moran who announced on January 3, 2008. . Initially, Deeds had built up momentum, having lost the race for Attorney General in 2005 by just 323 votes Deeds's strategy was to campaign to the governor's mansion through his position in the Virginia State Senate by proposing several favorable legislative actions including proposing a measure to give a $10,000 tax-credit to businesses that made "job creating investments" and supporting eliminating the sales tax on renewable energy purchases .

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Virginia gubernatorial election, 2009

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The Virginia gubernatorial election of 2009 is scheduled to take place on November 3, 2009. The election will choose the next Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General of the state of Virginia. The winners will be inaugurated in January 2010, and will serve until 2014. The current Governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, is not eligible to run due to term limits provided by the Virginia Constitution, though others in the state's executive branch are not restricted.

Attorney General Bob McDonnell is the presumptive Republican nominee. State Senator Creigh Deeds, Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and former State Delegate Brian Moran have all announced that they will seek the Democratic nomination. Since 1976, Virginia has elected a governor of the party opposing that of the sitting President of the United States.

State Senator Creigh Deeds, who ran for Attorney General of Virginia in 2005, announced on December 13, 2007 that he would be a candidate. State Delegate Brian Moran, brother of Congressman Jim Moran, joined Deeds on January 4, 2008 when he established a political action committee. Additionally, McLean resident Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign announced his announced he was running on January 3, 2009. McAuliffe has the backing of billionaire Randal J. Kirk. The Democratic primary, which will take place on June 9, 2009, will be the first contested in over twenty years.

Attorney General Bob McDonnell first announced his intention to run at American Legion's Boy's State of Virginia 2007. This is the sixth consecutive Virginian gubernatorial election in which an Attorney General has run. McDonnell was the only Republican candidate to file with the election board before the November 2008 deadline. As a result, there will be no Republican Party primary.

Prior to November 2008, other Republicans considered running, while some declared that they would not. Possible candidates included United States Congressman Eric Cantor from Virginia's 7th district, and former Governor Jim Gilmore, a candidate in the 2008 United States Senate election. Former governor George Allen, who also served one term in the U.S. Senate, declared his intention not to run January 8, 2008. Possible democratic candidates who chose not to run are former Congressman Lewis F. Payne, Jr. and former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer. Congressman Rick Boucher, a native of Abingdon, Virginia, also stated he would not run.

The Republican primary cannot be contested, as Attorney General Bob McDonnell was the only candidate to file by the November 2008 deadline. However like the Virginia Democratic primary for Governor, the Virginia Republican Party's 2009 Gubernatorial primary is set to be concluded on June 9, 2009.

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele has said that the election for governor of Virginia is one of the most important elections for the Republican Party.

The Democratic primary will take place on June 9, 2009. The Democratic primary fight for Governor unofficially began in December 2007 when State Senator Creigh Deeds announced his candidacy for Governor. He was joined 1 month later by State Delegate Brian Moran. For the following year (before McAuliffe indicate his intentions to run), Deeds and Moran squared off picking up endorsements, and raising money.

Moran received many endorsements from members of the State Democratic Party as well as the mayors of the Hampton Roads area. Deeds picked up support from Northern and Western Virginia, such as the endorsement from U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher. The area of strength for Deeds was concentrated in Western and Southern Virginia, and the area of strength for Moran consisted mostly of Eastern Virginia with both reaching out to Northern Virginian voters.

In December 2008, Terry McAuliffe began indicating his intentions to consider a run for Governor. Finally, in January of 2009, McAuliffe announced his candidacy and received the endorsement of millionaire Democratic fundraiser Randal J. Kirk.

Moran said that "starting right now, through the primary, the three democratic candidates should collectively pledge to only accept donations from Virginia residents". The move was in direct response to claims that McAuliffe could raise as much as $80 million from national fund-raising.

A poll taken in December 2008 (before McAuliffe officially entered the race, but after it was clear that he would do so) showed 55% with a favorable opinion of Deeds, 52% with a favorable opinion of McAuliffe and 48% with a favorable view of Moran. In the same poll, 23% viewed Deeds "very favorably". 20% said the same about McAuliffe and 15% said the same about Moran.

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Mac Cummings

MacLaren (Mac) Thompson Cummings (born January 23, 1979) is an American entrepreneur and Democratic political fundraiser. Cummings served as the Director of Internet Finance during Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid of 2008.

Cummings was raised in Tully, New York, approximately 30 miles outside Syracuse. He attended Manlius Pebble Hill High School in DeWitt, NY. After graduating from high school, Cummings attended Cornell University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 2001. Today, Cummings resides in Syracuse.

Cummings launched Mindshark Software and Consulting from his Cornell University dorm room in 1998 and served as CEO, guiding the company to profitability in its first year. Cummings led Mindshark to several notable software agreements with high-profile clients such as Forbes, Siebert Financial, and General Electric.

With Cummings co-founded Terakeet Corporation in 2000. Cummings immediately created new technologies for speech recognition platforms and other speech applications. In conjunction with his work with Terakeet, Cummings also became co-owner and investor in US Beverage Net, which develops technologies to monitor beverage consumption in restaurants and bars across the United States. Since the company's inception, the draft technology has been installed in national chains such as Hooters, Uno Chicago Grill,and Buffalo Wild Wings. In July 2008, the draft beer flow-meter technology was installed in Cask 'n Flagon, a landmark location for diehard Boston Red Sox fans. As a pioneer of the speech industry, Cummings on multiple occasions, has been the featured speaker at industry academic conferences.

Much of Cummings's interest in the industry is based on the efforts to streamline the customer service experience as much as possible, not only for large call centers, but medium-sized businesses who seek the efficiency of automation. With extensive experience in speech and web-based technologies, Cummings has served as expert-witness to legal firms engaged in cyber-technology suits.

Cummings is a founding shareholder in five businesses, including Israel-based TCM Mobile, the company which developed the technology for the first Wi-Fi mobile devices. In 2004 Cummings co-founded CD Technology Partners, a firm rooted in early stage technologies and ideas.

Cummings is active in local and national politics and has often been consulted for fundraising strategies on the technology and web side of campaigns. Most recently, Cummings served as Director of Internet Finance for Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential bid from February to June 2008. As an integral cog to Clinton’s fundraising resurgence in the winter of 2008, Cummings is credited with being part of the largest single day of online fundraising ($10 million in 24 hours) in American presidential campaign history.

Known for frequent socializing in and around the Washington D.C. beltway, Cummings has has been written up in various gossip blogs including The Politico's Shenanigans. Cummings is often spotted at The Palm, Cafe Milano, and other D.C. staples with high-profile politicians and political operatives such as Terry McAuliffe, President Bill and Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry.

Cummings was first sought out by the Hillary Clinton campaign by campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe on July 9th, 2008 after organizing a $215,000 fundraiser in Syracuse, McAuliffe’s home town. After initially working as a satellite consultant, Cummings joined the Hillary Clinton campaign in Arlington, Virginia as an unpaid volunteer in February, directly following the NY Senator’s tepid showing in the Super Tuesday Democratic Primaries. His arrival closely coincided with Clinton’s admission that she had been forced make a $5 million loan from herself to the campaign.

Cummings challenged immediately the web fundraising practices of the campaign and realigned resources to tap smaller and new donors. Previously, the campaign had relied heavily upon the contributions of donors who had already given the maximum $2,300 allowable under federal election law. Under this strategy, the Clinton campaign lagged heavily behind her opponent, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, who had been relying on more grass-roots and small-donor fundraising strategies.

The fundraising tides began to turn soon after Cummings joined the campaign in February. Clinton’s online fundraising began to account for nearly 75% of her monthly totals, mainly in small contributions. In February, the campaign raised $30 million of its $35 million monthly total online, the single largest fundraising month for the campaign. Contributions averaged $100 during this period, and nearly 25% of all contributions were from new donors. Political bloggers were frequently critical of Cummings during the campaign, alleging that he had effectively turned the Internet into an ATM for campaign finance.

Cummings is said to have financed his participation in the campaign himself and received no compensation from the campaign after it was suspended in June.

He was sought for consultation by Obama for America (Barack Obama) in August 2008. He and his firm Terakeet Corporation list Obama for America as one of their many marquee clients.

Cummings is the youngest ever to serve on the Cornell Entrepreneurship Board. Cummings is also the youngest ever to serve on the Manlius Pebble Hill Alumni Board.

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