A fundraiser Tony Bennett held in San Francisco boosted his 2012 re-election campaign coffers past $400,000. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attended and contributed $500.
Bennetts 2011 annual report, filed last week, shows the first-term Republican has raised $400,328 in itemized contributions.
Justin Oakley, a Martinsville schoolteacher, has filed for state superintendent as a Democrat. He has raised just $2,790.
Many of Bennetts contributions come from out of state, including contributions of $5,000 from K12 Management, a Virginia-based education services provider; $2,500 from McGraw-Hill Education Company; and $2,500 from iteachUS, a Texas-based teacher certification program.
He also received a contribution from Amway heir Richard DeVos of Grand Rapids, Mich., whose wife is a leader in the school voucher movement.
Bennett said he doesnt see a problem in accepting contributions from out-of-state interests, noting that any Democratic challenger is likely to receive campaign support from the National Education Association.