|Momentum: Virginia Democrats dominate fundraising heading into 2019 legislative elections
Virginia Democrats outraise Republicans ahead of critical elections (Washington Post, July 17)
But in all, the Democratic Party and various leadership and legislative committees took in $3.7 million over the quarter, compared with $1.6 million raised by comparable GOP political action committees.
The most striking contrast in fundraising was evident in the rival state parties: The Democratic Party of Virginia raised $609,282, compared with $36,385 for the Republican Party of Virginia.
Richmond-area Senate districts lead early General Assembly money race (Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 17)
Democrat Ghazala Hashmi reported raising $182,793 between May 31 and June 30, surpassing the $114,068 raised by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, according to midyear campaign finance reports filed this week.
The neighboring 12th Senate District wasn’t far behind. In that race, Del. Debra Rodman, D-Henrico, edged out Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, for the period, raising $146,837 compared with $144,059 for Dunnavant.
Democrats, aiming to seize power in Richmond, are outraising Republicans. But GOP has more cash banked. (Virginian-Pilot, July 16)
Three months after announcing he wouldn’t run for president, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe seems to have delivered on his promise to help get Virginia Democrats elected. His political action committee contributed $150,000 to the Democratic Party of Virginia and a combined $50,000 to the House and Senate caucuses.
McAuliffe’s contributions helped the major Democratic PACs outraise the Republican PACs by more than $1.2 million between April 1 and May 30, campaign finance reports show.