Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the master Democratic fundraiser, has launched a leadership PAC, Common Good VA, to support “like-minded” candidates and issues important to him.

He announced the creation of the political action committee in an email Monday, thanking supporters and noting accomplishments of the past legislative session, including reform of the Standards of Learning and repeal of the hybrid vehicle fee.

“You helped bring common sense back to Virginia last year by electing me as your governor, but if we are to fully realize the promise of that election, now is not the time to sit on the sidelines,” McAuliffe wrote in the email.

“I formed Common Good VA to make sure that the ideas that led us to victory in November don’t get lost in the partisan battles being waged in Washington and to ensure that those of you who have been with me every step of the way continue to have your voices heard across the commonwealth.”

The announcement of the PAC’s creation came about two weeks after adjournment of the regularly scheduled General Assembly session, during which lawmakers and the governor are barred from raising money.

Republican leadership in the House of Delegates responded to Monday’s announcement with the reminder that they wanted to extend the regular legislative session by 30 days to complete work on the state budget, which was left unresolved when lawmakers left March 8.

They return March 24 for a special session.

If the session had been extended, the prohibition on raising money would have remained. The GOP leaders said that in a special session, lawmakers can fundraise.

They said in a statement that “with today’s announcement of his new political action committee, it’s clear why he wanted a special session.”

“We are deeply disappointed that the governor seems more interested in playing politics than governing.”

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