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From fund-raising emails sent by the campaign of former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for a second term in 2021.

I’m going to level with you: if we don’t hit our end-of-quarter goal we’re going to have to make some cuts.

Folks, we’re in danger of screwing this up! We’re not seeing nearly enough folks step up to support our fund-raising goal. At this rate we’re going to miss it by a mile. We can’t afford a blunder this big.

We screwed up. We really thought we were on track for our best month of online fund-raising yet, but it looks like we got it wrong. Someone on my team must have miscalculated somewhere. People make mistakes, I get that. The problem is, we’re scrambling. We can’t afford any more screwups.

We screwed up. We had all our digital ads running until Election Day, team, but we forgot to keep them running until polls close! Look, these things happen.

I just talked to our finance director about how our fund-raising deadline finished out. And folks, all I can say is . . . yikes.

Sorry to bother you, but we made a mistake. We told you we were just $1,981 short of reaching our end-of-year goal. It turns out the real number is much higher.

Things are looking really bad, folks.

I just asked my team if anyone even reads these emails.

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January 2022

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