Sen. Jim Webb's (D-Va.) latest fundraising numbers won't do much to ease the concerns of Virginia Democrats, worried that the senator isn't doing nearly enough to gear up for a 2012 challenge from former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.). 

Webb, who still hasn't made his reelection plans known, raised just over $12,000 during the final quarter of 2010. 

He reported $444,000 in cash on hand ahead of what might be one of the most hotly contested Senate races of the 2012 cycle, should Webb opt for reelection. 

Earlier this month, Webb told reporters on a conference call that he was confident he can raise the money needed once he officially decides on his 2012 plans. 

He also dismissed suggestions that waiting would hurt his reelection chances, noting that he started his 2006 campaign just nine months before Election Day with "zero dollars" and "no campaign staff."

Allen officially jumped in the race just over a week ago and has a reputation as a prolific fundraiser. He does face a potentially competitive Republican primary, though, with Virginia Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke already in the race against him. 

Another Democratic senator facing retirement speculation — Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) — likely eased some minds with his fourth-quarter numbers. 

Bingaman raised a solid $214,000 during the final quarter of the year and has $510,000 in cash on hand.  

The early sign of fundraising life for Bingaman is good news for Senate Democrats worried that he could opt for retirement next year. If Bingaman were to decide against running in 2012, an open-seat contest would offer Republicans a much better chance of picking up the seat.