Bill Clinton fundraises for Terry McAuliffe in upstate New York

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Former President Clinton is holding a fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial nominee and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in upstate New York on Thursday afternoon. 

Tickets for the event, which is being held in Skaneateles, N.Y., range from $1,000 per person to $50,000 for a co-host and $100,000 for a host, according to the Syracuse Post Standard. McAuliffe is originally from nearby Syracuse, N.Y. 

Thursday’s fundraiser comes after Hillary Clinton sent out a fundraising email for McAuliffe earlier this week. 

The former governor has long been friends with the Clinton family and previously co-chaired Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. Additionally, McAuliffe campaigned for her during her second presidential run in 2016. The Clinton’s supported McAuliffe in his 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial runs. 

Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin’s campaign hit back against news of the fundraiser, painting the couple as corrupt. 

“The Clintons campaigned for McAuliffe during his first two runs for governor and now it appears the Clinton machine is mobilizing again for McAuliffe’s third run,” Youngkin’s campaign told the Virginia Star on Wednesday. Additionally, the Virginia Republican Party released an ad on Thursday tying McAuliffe to Bill Clinton’s past sex scandals. 

Big-name Republicans have campaigned and fundraised for Youngkin in recent weeks including former Vice President Mike Pence and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headlined a fundraiser for Youngkin on Wednesday. 

The Old Dominion’s gubernatorial election is roughly two months out, with early voting starting on Sept. 17. Most polls show McAuliffe holding a lead over Youngkin. 

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