Adams Campaign Releases Historic Numbers

RICHMOND – Today, the John Adams campaign announced that it raised $431,859.43 in a little over five months, setting a record for this reporting period for a Republican running for Attorney General in Virginia. Total money raised has outpaced the campaigns of McDonnell (in 2004), Cuccinelli (in 2008), and Obenshain and Bell (in 2012) in their respective first report for the year prior to the election.

Building on the endorsement of Mike Lee, a number of conservative attorneys who know John personally are lining up to support his candidacy.  Contributors this period include a number of former Supreme Court Clerks for Justices Thomas, Scalia, and Alito.  Additionally, Fred Fielding, Ronald Reagan's former Chief White House Counsel hosted a fundraiser for the campaign earlier this year, along with Chuck Cooper—the lead attorney for Virginia Republicans challenging Governor McAuliffe's executive order—and Will Consovoy, who filed the former attorneys general amicus brief in the same case.

“I am humbled by the support from so many friends and fellow conservatives from across Virginia. Because I am applying for the job to serve as 'Virginia’s lawyer,' I am particularly grateful to have the support of so many former colleagues and legal mentors. They know my values, my strong conservative views, and my work ethic—having their investment is really one of my strongest endorsements as we begin this race," said Adams.

Adams is running for office for the first time and has tapped into a well of support from fellow conservatives who want a fresh face with the ability and experience to defeat Mark Herring in 2017. Since announcing his candidacy on January 27th, Adams has attended or held over 75 events in more than 60 counties, including every region of the Commonwealth.  

"Our campaign is off to a strong start, and this first fundraising report is evidence that we are running a disciplined campaign," said Campaign Manager, Nick Collette.  "John has received a tremendous amount of support in a very short period of time for a candidate who has never run for public office before. Virginians see what Mark Herring is doing to the Office of the Attorney General, advancing his own political agenda in place of defending the laws of the Commonwealth.  John is the most qualified and experienced candidate in this race to beat him in November of 2017."