Election dollars flowing in state

Posted: May 17, 2013

The Winchester Star

Ken Cuccinelli (R)
Terry McAuliffe (D)
Tareq Salahi (I)
Robert C. Sarvis (L)

WINCHESTER — In the campaign contribution race in Virginia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is outstripping presumptive Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli by about 35 percent.

The primary campaign account for McAuliffe, a 56-year-old businessman, entrepreneur and political fundraiser who has lived in Fairfax County for 20 years, had a balance of roughly $5.18 million as of March 31, according to the The Virginia Public Access Project’s website, vpap.org.

Cuccinelli, the current attorney general, had an ending balance of approximately $2.96 million for the same time period, according to the site.

Cuccinelli has received about $4.38 million in cash, in-kind contributions and transfers from other committees. He’s had approximately $1.41 million in expenses, according to the site.

McAuliffe, on the other hand, has received about $6.71 million through March 31, and spent about $1.53 million.

The former Democratic National Committee chairman, who was in Winchester on Tuesday, trails Cuccinelli in donations from the Northern Shenandoah Valley, however.

McAuliffe hasn’t had any donations from Clarke County residents, and has received $1,000 from Frederick County resident Richard G. Dick and $100 from Winchester, according to vpap.org.

Clarke County residents have contributed the most to Cuccinelli, with $3,498 reported. Elizabeth Kay Gunter donated $2,447, Robina Rich Bouffault $300, and Hanna Faith Alway and Caroline L. Roberts $200 each, according to the website.

Cuccinelli’s two biggest donors in Frederick County are Mary Rice, who gave $2,000, and Edvin V. Farinholt, who donated $1,000. Overall, Frederick County residents have donated $3,410.

Winchester residents have contributed $760 to Cuccinelli, according to vpap.org. Phillip Lewis Insurance and Thelma C. Schwarz have each contributed $250, the site indicates.

Warren County resident Tareq Salahi, infamous for crashing a White House dinner with his now ex-wife Michaele in November 2009, is running as an independent candidate for governor and had $333 in his coffers as of March 31.

Salahi had $108,281 in receipts — the majority of which were in-kind contributions and loans — and had spent $107,946, the majority being in-kind expenses, according to the website.

The fourth gubernatorial candidate, libertarian Robert C. Sarvis, had raised $1,898 — spending all but $100, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

In a crowded lieutenant governor’s race, there are nine contenders. However, the Republican Party of Virginia is expected to winnow its candidates from seven to one at its convention this weekend.

Among the Republican candidates, Corey Stewart, the chairman-at-large of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, has the biggest campaign chest, according to vpap.org.

He had receipts of $703,892. Of that, $389,930 came from cash contributions, and $250,000 had been transferred from other committees controlled by Stewart.

Having spent $340,805, Stewart had a remaining balance of $363,087.

Entrepreneur Pete Snyder, who lives in Fairfax County, has raised $452,739 and has $408,332 remaining.

Jeannemarie Davis, a former state senator and delegate, and most recently, director of the Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, has raised $412,819, according to vpap.org. She has $151,354 remaining.

Scott Lingamfelter, a delegate from Woodbridge, had $262,503 in receipts and had spent $235,553, leaving $26,950 as of March 31.

Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Susan Stimpson raised $211,884 by March 31. She’d spent $141,665, leaving an ending balance of $70,219, according to vpap.org.

E.W. Jackson, a law professor, minister, and author living in Chesapeake, has raised $140,848, and spent all but $31,235 going into April.

Trailing the pack of Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls is Sen. Steve Martin, R-Chesterfield, with receipts of $55,920 and expenses of $54,235.

Jackson was the only one of the seven candidates to receive donations from this region. According to vpap.org, he received an in-kind donation of $2,000 from Electronic Reporting Systems Inc. of Winchester and a $50 donation from a Winchester resident.

On the Democrats side, two candidates are competing for the lieutenant governor nomination.

Aneesh Chopra, an Arlington resident who was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the nation’s first chief technology officer after having served as Virginia secretary of technology under Gov. Tim Kaine, has raised about $1.37 million — $444,175 transferring from other committees — and has $919,815 remaining in the bank, according to vpap.org.

His opponent, Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Painter, has raised $449,542, with $190,000 transferring from other committees. He has $307,029 remaining.

Neither Democrat has received any local contributions.

At their convention this weekend, Republicans will choose either Sen. Mark Obenshain, Harrisonburg, or Del. Rob Bell, Charlottesville, as their attorney general nominee.

Bell has outraised Obenshain nearly 2-1, with about $1.02 million, although $615,759 rolled over from other committees. He has spent $470,256, leaving a balance of $553,079, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Obenshain has raised $533,474, with $150,656 transferring from other committees. He’s spent $353,987, leaving $179,487.

Neither Bell nor Obenshain had received donations from residents in Winchester, Frederick County or Clarke County as of March 31.

Two Democrats have also entered the attorney general race.

Justin Fairfax, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has raised $292,183, spending $208,399. The only local donation he’s received was $100 from Karen Kennedy Schultz, of Winchester, according to vpap.org.

Fairfax’s opponent, Sen. Mark Herring, Leesburg, has raised $407,529, of which $151,478 transferred from other committees. He has $234,354 remaining in his coffers, according to the website.

Winchester resident Schultz gave $250 to his campaign, according to the website, and he has also been given $500 by Robin Richards of Clarke County.

The Democratic Party of Virginia is having its primary on June 11.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

— Contact Sally Vothat svoth@winchesterstar.com