Babur Lateef Outraises Corey Stewart for PW County Board of Supervisors Chair

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    In the race for Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Dr. Babur Lateef (D) continues to run an impressive campaign, racking up some impressive fundraising numbers compared to incumbent Corey Stewart (R) this past quarter. Following on the $150,000 Lateef raised in 1Q11, Lateef brought in $80,084 in 2Q11, or nearly $9,000 higher than Stewart’s $71,781. That’s impressive, and definitely not a good sign for any incumbent (in contrast, Barack Obama is outraising his Republican rivals by enormous margins).

    Also good news: Lateef is fundraising from a long list of donors (over 200), most of whom gave in the $100-$500 range. That bodes well for the future of his campaign, and also indicates that Lateef is not beholden to anyone but the people of Prince William County. Which, of course, is exactly what we want in our elected officials.

    In contrast, Stewart largest source of funding appears to come from big developers — the same industry that played such a large role in getting us into the economic mess we’re in now — like Preston Miller of Caruthers Properties LLC in Arlington (note: Caruthers Properties is also a big donor to 31st Senate district Democratic candidate Barbara Favola). As always, follow the money trail to see where a politician’s priorities lie. In this case, it’s pretty clear, and it’s not with the people of Prince William County.

    Finally, it’s interesting to note that Stewart is spending money like there’s no tomorrow, $59,000 out of the $71,000 he raised this quarter. That even includes a $4,600 payment to himself! It’s fascinating to know that Corey’s making sure to take care of himself, even as the people of his county are hurting, in part because of Stewart’s divisive policies which have contributed to the economic problems facing his county. Heckuva job, Corey, keep it up!

    • NewVirginia

      …or some other state-wide office.

      Perhaps that is why the enthusiasm for him is waning locally…

    • sspiker

      Since you said “Lateef is not beholden to anyone but the people of Prince William County”, that most of his money isn’t actually from Prince William County. Of the $150,000 he raised in Q1, VPAP shows that only $40K came from within the county, which means 73% of his donations for local office came from outside that locality.

      Amazingly, this only got worse in Q2. Of the $73K in itemized donations Lateef reported, almost $63K of it came from outside Prince William County, or an astounding 87%. Even assuming the $7500 he raised in unitemized contributions all were local, that’s still more than three-quarters of his money coming from outside of the locality his term in office would affect.

      Now, I don’t think this is that big of a deal—other voters may, but I’ve been around enough campaigns to understand that you get money how you can, and I don’t begrudge politicians who do so successfully, as Dr. Lateef has done. I just don’t think that over 70% of your contributions coming from outside Prince William is, in any way, an indication that a candidate is only beholden to the voters of that County.

      Finally, speaking of interesting numbers, while Lateef did outraise Stewart this quarter, Stewart still maintains a nearly $100K cash-on-hand advantage, $140K to $234K.