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!