Fundraising is approaching three corrupt Virginia leaders, but not for their Democratic party

A fundraising dive took place for the three Virginia Democratic Parties after they were lost in a special scandal early this year, but the Democrats who were running much larger legislative races raised Republicans yet. , according to the first quarter fundraising reports released Tuesday.

Gov. Ralph Northam and the Attorney General Mark R. Herring has raised $ 2,500 and $ 17,250 respectively since it was adopted in the first week of February that they spent black as young men. No money has been collected by Lt Gov. Justin Fairfax since two women came forward that week to say that he attacked them early in the early 2000s – allegations that he strongly rejected.

The reports show that during the first three months of the year, there has been a significant drop in donations to the three office holders throughout the country, compared to what their predecessors took over the same period four years ago, according to the Public Access Project. nonprofit Virginia.

However, at least until now, it appears that fundraising has not occurred on behalf of individual Democratic candidates for the Delegate's House and the Seanad.

In the House, where all 100 seats in the ballot are held in November, Democratic candidates raised $ 2.4 million in the first quarter, compared to $ 1.7 million that emerged from Republican competitors. In the Seanad, where all 40 seats are held, Democratic candidates raised $ 1.9 million and Republicans collected $ 1.1 million.

The Home Democrats tackled the fundraising benefit of an e-mail which was launched late Tuesday evening – with the aim of raising more money. “We're winning,” said the subject line.

“These reports are hard, on-
Paper evidence that the will among Democrats is always high, ”said the email. “We have the momentum and have a competitive advantage.”

Some Democrats were concerned that they would not be able to rely on fundraising assistance from Northam, Fairfax and Herring in this year's legislative elections, which could be crucial. Virginia is one of four states with such elections in 2019 and the only one to have a competitive race for the control of both houses of the legislature.

Republicans are playing the scandals trying to protect their two-seater margins in both rooms.

The GOP noted that Democrats are increasingly facing primary schools, which could burn campaign money in advance of the joint election. House Republicans also took a big advantage in cash on hand – $ 6 million for the GOP, compared to $ 4.2 million for the Democrats – because the Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) raised $ 2.4 million last year, the first as speaker. Republicans had a smaller cash advantage over Democrats in the Seanad, around $ 4.9 million vs. $ 4.4 million.

“The House of Democrats are coming up after the strong start of the year, but we know that donors from the state and wealthy graduates must do almost anything to buy a majority in the House,” said Cox spokesman. Parker Slaybaugh in an email.

The reports cover the first three months of the year, during which the General Assembly session was 46 days, when state office holders are prevented from raising money. Northam, Herring and Fairfax had a week to raise money at the start of the year before they had to pause the session, and were about a month after the session before the end of the quarter ended 31 March. of which.

Northam's first quarter was $ 207,500, and in 2015, then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) raised $ 822,586 over the same period. Her herring rose, serving a second term, totaling $ 18,000 in the first three months, compared to $ 137,879 in 2015. Fairfax rose $ 1,950 for the quarter, and then-Lt. Gov. Northam $ 30,930 entered four years ago.

Mark Bergman, who is in charge of PAC Northam, said the governor took a "break" to raise money in March but awarded him the Democratic Party.

“The Governor has always committed to supporting the candidates of the Democratic House and the Senate and most of its two retail rooms for the first time in forty years,” Bergman said in an email. “We added a number of different candidates in the House and Seanad. We have returned to active fundraising this month and will be raising money towards the support of Democrats in advance of the election. ”

Among statutory candidates, Democratic contestant Daniel Helmer was one of the biggest fundraisers of $ 124,318 – behind the man he wanted to take, Del Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), collected $ 162,216. The only delegate who collected more – in a personal campaign fund at least – was the Minority Wizard Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax), with $ 189,775. She raised an additional $ 25,683 through her Energized for Change PAC.

Cox raised $ 222,933, through its PAC Colonial Trust Trust PAC. He also raised $ 64,492 for his single committee and $ 63,574 for the Republican House PAC Committee. Majority Leader of the Housing rose Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) $ 20,750 through his PAC.

Del Deb Deb H. H. Rodman (D-Henrico) was one of the biggest fundraisers in the Seanad races, who are facing Sen Siobhan S. Dunnavant (R-Henrico). She raised $ 178,918, compared to $ 49,605 for Donegal.

It was the only candidate from the Seanad who took more than Rodman minority leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), with $ 185,665. He has held office since 1979, and is facing his first major challenge in 40 years in Yasmine Taeb, which raised $ 360,389, and Karen Torrent with $ 360.

Dan Danica A. Roem (D-Prince William), the first elected transgender legislator of the state, raised $ 71,254 in the first quarter but took a total of $ 280,200 towards its revival campaigns, nearly three times as much. with the average vacuum of the other 14 Democrats in the House.

Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D-
Arlington rose, elected in 2011, $ 63,995. Nicole Merlene, who raised $ 20,936, faces a challenge.

Del. Alfonso H. Lopez (D-
Arlington, a remainder of his party rose, raised $ 50,924. Progression focused on his previous consultancy work for ICA-Farmville, an immigrant detention facility in southern Virginia. The competitor is J.D. Spain, president of Arlington branch of NAACP, collected $ 18,556.

Del Lee Lee Carter (D-Manassas), a democratic socialist elected in 2017 by Manassas City Council member Mark Wolfe, has faced a major challenge to become a Democratic Republican after President Trump's election. Carter raised $ 40,894 to $ 27,181 with Wolfe.

$ 19,237 was raised for reconciliation by Majority Sen. Thomas Thomas K. Norr Jr. (R-James City), and the Senate's Caucus PAC collected $ 286,979.

Antonio Olivo contributed to this report.

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