Money flows in for 33rd District House hopefuls

Posted: October 30, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Donations have poured into the 33rd District House of Delegates race this month.

The Virginia Public Access Project has posted the latest campaign finance disclosures on its website, vpap.org. The disclosures cover donations received Oct. 1-23.

The 33rd District seat has been up for grabs since longtime incumbent Del. Joe May, R-Leesburg, lost in the June Republican primary to Dave LaRock.

LaRock will face Democratic candidate Mary Costello Daniel, an attorney, and Libertarian business owner Patrick Hagerty on Nov. 5.

While LaRock has outraised Daniel, she bested him in contributions made in October.

Daniel received a $132,246 boost in the first few weeks of the month.

She reported $81,721 in cash gifts of $101 or more, $12,714 in smaller donations and $37,811 in in-kind contributions.

Among the larger donations Daniel received this month were $12,000 from Voters for Civil Government, $10,000 from the International Association of Fire Fighters, $6,500 from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC, $2,500 from Christopher Clemente, $2,500 from Edward Rice, $2,000 from The Farm Team, $2,000 from Women’s Strike Force LLC, $1,750 from Skyline Political Action Committee and $1,200 from the Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council PAC.

The Democratic Party of Virginia made in-kind contributions of $20,845, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus made in-kind gifts of $13,872 and Jim Stutzman made an in-kind contribution of $2,500.

As donations continue to arrive past the most recent filing deadline, House candidates are required to report any donation of more than $1,000 within 24 hours, according to VPAP.

Daniel received several such donations — $2,000 from Voters for Civil Government, $1,000 from Ruth K. Nelson and $5,500 from the In Support of Community Service PAC.

Daniel had received $146,234 by Sept. 30, and had $43,644 left in her coffers as of Oct. 23.

Republican candidate Dave LaRock received $115,870 in cash and in-kind contributions in October.

Larger donations to LaRock in October include $11,400 from the House Republican Campaign Committee, $10,000 from the Majority Leader PAC, $5,000 from Steve Landes for Delegate and $3,000 from Mark Zielke.

The Republican Party of Virginia this month made $66,652 worth of in-kind contributions. Howell for Delegate made an in-kind donation of $8,478.

LaRock also received some last-minute donations past the filing deadline — $3,602 from Dominion Leadership Trust (in-kind data services), $5,000 from Republican Party - Virginia House Campaign Committee (in-kind consulting fees), $2,000 from Richard Norman (in-kind fundraiser host), $1,500 from Republican Party-Virginia House Campaign Committee (in-kind voter survey)

Prior to October, LaRock, a Hamilton contractor, had raised $256,266. As of Oct. 23, he had a remaining balance of $68,257.

Hagerty, the Libertarian, has raised $433 in in-kind contributions throughout the race. He reported no donations in October.

Donations in the 10th District race — where incumbent Del. Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg, faces Democratic challenger Monte Johnson — weren’t as abundant as in the 33rd race, but were still substantial.

Minchew, an attorney, received $19,710 in larger cash donations, $1,353 in smaller donations and $48,350 in in-kind contributions, for a total of nearly $70,000 Oct. 1-23, according to VPAP.

Among his larger donations this month were $10,000 from himself and $2,000 from the Brambleton Group LLC.

This month, the National Association of Realtors made an in-kind contribution of $15,029 to Minchew, while the Republican Party of Virginia made several such contributions totaling $33,321.

Minchew, too, has received some last-minute contributions: $2,000 from Earl Paul Breaux Jr. and $1,000 from William H. Minchew.

Prior to October, Minchew had raised $325,945. He had a remaining balance of $66,605 as of Oct. 23.

His opponent, a project manager from Brambleton, has raised much less throughout the race, and in October.

Johnson received $11,398 in donations Oct. 1-23. Among his larger cash contributions were $700 from Northern Virginia CLC AFL-CIO, $500 from Michael Hoard, $500 from Invest in Virginia PAC and $500 from The Brambleton Group LLC.

Johnson got a $1,500 in-kind donation from The Pacific Resource Partnership this month.

He received a last-minute donation of $1,000 from the Service Employees International Union.

Johnson had raised $103,292 as of Sept. 30. His campaign had $26,381 remaining on Oct. 23.

The 29th House District race has had the fewest donations of the three campaigns in the area.

Republican nominee Mark Berg, a retired physician who defeated Del. Beverly Sherwood, R-Frederick County, in the Republican primary, had $9,499 in donations this month, according to VPAP.

Among his bigger donations were $1,250 from the Virginia Beverage Association PAC, $1,000 from Steve Landes for Delegate, $1,000 from the Virginia Association of Realtors PAC and $1,000 from the Virginia Conservative Victory Fund. The Printing Express made an in-kind contribution of $1,007.

Berg had raised $85,092 prior to Oct. 1. As of Oct. 23, he had $17,592 remaining in his campaign bank.

Larry Yates, a publisher and author running as an Independent against Berg, raised $3,395 Oct. 1-23. His largest recent donations were $1,000 from Edward Hart Rice and $500 from George Ohrstrom.

Through Sept. 30, Yates had raised $12,620. He had a remaining balance of $11,454 as of Oct. 23.

— Contact Sally Voth atsvoth@winchesterstar.com