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Virginia 3Q17 Fundraising Numbers Start to Come In (UPDATED)

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I’ll post updates on 3Q17 fundraising numbers as they come…

VA-10

DAN HELMER FUNDRAISING TOTAL HITS $530K IN RACE FOR VA-10

ENDS Q3 WITH $400K CASH-ON-HAND

Fairfax, VA – Today, Dan Helmer, Iraq/Afghanistan War Veteran and lifelong Democrat, announced he has raised more than $530,000 in his bid to unseat Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in VA-10.  Helmer finished the quarter with $400,000 cash on hand.

“I’m excited about the success we’re seeing in our campaign – from fundraising and grassroots energy, to interest in my critiques of Barbara Comstock and vision for this district,” said Dan Helmer. “As polling shows Barbara Comstock more unpopular than ever and truly vulnerable to a strong Democratic challenger, I know that Virginians are looking for demonstrated leadership and new perspectives in their next member of Congress.”

Additional notes about Dan’s fundraising and campaign during the third quarter:

  • The campaign released the Helmer Zone video that went viral, racking up over 450,000 views on Facebook and YouTube. It resulted in local and national press coverage worth more than $300,000 (including two segments on local Fox 5 and being featured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert), double-digit percentage growth in social media followers and email signups, an exponential increase in search traffic and an immeasurable increase in name ID. For a wrap-up of the success of the Helmer Zone watch here: http://bit.ly/2ymkQSA.
  • The third quarter, during which Helmer raised $170,000, marked a significant transformation in Helmer’s grassroots fundraising.  41% of donations in Q3 were for $27 or less, and 66% were under $100.

Dan Lagana, vice chair with the Fairfax County Democrats, said of Helmer: “I’ve been incredibly impressed by Dan Helmer’s campaign. He has demonstrated himself, more so than any other candidate, to be innovative, nimble, and adaptive. It’s my job to be out and about communicating with Democratic activists in Fairfax County, and Dan Helmer has continued to show his ability to build name recognition around his positive message of service, problem-solving, and leadership. Dan’s name recognition and personal appeal have grown, and substantially so, through the Top Gun spoof that went viral and because of his relentless and spirited engagement voters across the district.”

David Pratt, who leads Indivisible Winchester — a grassroots organization founded as an antidote to the Trump agenda — said Helmer has earned the support of activists in the western part of VA-10. “We love to see Dan Helmer show up out where we live. Most notably, he was at the March for Science in Winchester and spoke at our most recent organizational meeting. The HelmerZone video was fun and showed that he is not afraid to be authentic and irreverent. The buzz among the activists I know signals he is now a front-runner among the Democratic contenders for 2018. Dan will appeal to Independents as well as Democrats as a principled and passionate public servant. He’s exactly the kind of fresh, proven leader we need fighting for us in Washington.”

Dan Helmer is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Rhodes Scholar, business strategist, and father of two.

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Actually, just saw this from a few days ago:

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Wexton Outraises all Democratic Opponents in Q3

Jennifer Wexton Announces Strong Q3 Fundraising Report in VA-10 Bid

State Senator Jennifer Wexton raised $255,075 in the third quarter of 2017, the most of any Democratic Primary candidate in Virginia’s 10th CD race. Wexton received donations from 1,151 individuals, and earned strong local support with 84% of her money raised coming from Virginia.

“I am encouraged and energized by the financial support my campaign is receiving,” said Senator Wexton. “Everywhere we go in the district, people we talk to are eager for a change of leadership in Washington. I’m humbled that our campaign has received support from such a large and diverse group of Virginians and I look forward to serving them in Congress.”

Wexton’s strong Q3 finance report follows her endorsement by over 60 local elected officials, including Congressmen Gerry Connolly (VA-11) and Donald McEachin (VA-4). In response to Wexton’s entry into the race in late April, the Cook Political Report moved its rating of the 10th District from Lean Republican to Toss Up.

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Lindsey Davis Stover raised $137k in the third quarter; major dropoff from the second quarter…

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VA-05

Ben Cullop Announces Raising Over $150,000 Just Six Weeks After Campaign Launch

Cullop Starts Strong By Raising Significant Primary Funds, Engaging New Donors

EARLYSVILLE, VA – Today, Ben Cullop’s campaign for Virginia’s 5th District announced he raised $151,491.05 in the third fundraising quarter from more than 300 individual donors. Of those donors, 54% were first-time federal contributors. Cullop launched his campaign just six weeks prior to the fundraising deadline. He has $107,447.97 on hand– $96,647.97 of which is available in the primary.

“We’re grateful to the hundreds of people who stepped up to support Ben’s positive vision for change in Washington,” Cullop for Congress Campaign Manager Jeff Allen said. “And with over half of our contributions coming from first-time federal donors, it’s clear that Virginians, 5th District residents, and newly engaged donors are showing immense interest in Ben and his positive message for change.”

Over half of the campaign’s contributions (54%) came from donors who had never given to a federal candidate before. Cullop’s candidacy has energized both the Virginia Democratic base as well as a new generation of politically active individuals that the party will need in order to win in the 5th district and across the country.

Cullop’s campaign raised the funds without any existing political infrastructure in place. He also received this support without the help of a PAC. Cullop has committed to not taking any corporate PAC money during his campaign and during his tenure in the House.

Ben Cullop is a 4th generation Virginian who received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Virginia. He built a successful career investing in communities and businesses across the Commonwealth. He serves his community as a member of the advisory board of the UVA Children’s Hospital, the Albemarle County Police Foundation Board, and previously, the Charlottesville Retirement Commission. Ben lives in Albemarle County with his wife, Ashley, and their two young children.

For more information, please visit www.CullopForCongress.com.

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Huffstetler Fundraising Continues to Outpace Field in Latest Filing Period
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – In his second quarter as a candidate, Roger Dean (RD) Huffstetler raised $295,764 to defeat Congressman Tom Garrett next November. Since entering the race in late April, RD has raised $632,318 for the campaign. These funds will help amplify RD’s call for building an inclusive economy that works for all Americans.

“I am honored by the number of people that have continued to support my campaign,” RD said earlier today. “I have spoken with voters from a variety of backgrounds who are united by a desire to see leadership in Congress that focuses on real solutions instead of divisive political games. We have to do more for our communities, and that is why I will continue to fight for a more inclusive economy in Virginia.”RD’s campaign is driven by an incredible grassroots movement, receiving over 1500 contributions in the past quarter. Almost half of these were donations of $10 or less, and 80% were donations of $50 or less. This broad base of support, combined with over $450,000 cash on hand, demonstrates that RD is the best candidate to take on Tom Garrett next fall.

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Also, VA-05 Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn raised $314,576 and has $274,882 cash on hand.

  • Herring Raises Over $1.617 Million in September

    ~ Started October with more than $2.5 million cash on hand ~

    RICHMOND, VA. — Attorney General Mark Herring’s campaign for reelection announced today it raised more than $1.617 million in September, the most an Attorney General candidate in Virginia has ever raised in the month of September, and started October with over $2.5 million cash on hand. The campaign received contributions from 3,437 individual donors in September, a sign of the continued strong grassroots support for Attorney General Herring’s campaign.

    Meanwhile, Republican candidate John Adams’ struggling campaign is being propped up by extreme outside groups like the NRA, Susan B. Anthony List, and the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), which is supporting Adams because of “a desire by some to roll back same-sex marriage…”

    As of October 11th, RAGA had contributed a total of $2.75 million to Adams’ campaign. Combined with at least $644,000 in TV ads from the NRA, $40,000 in digital ads from the extreme anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List, and $15,000 in mail from The Family Foundation, Adams has benefitted from at least $3.5 million from outside groups supporting his campaign.

    In recent weeks, the stark contrast between the candidates in the race has been brought into the spotlight in the wake of two moves by the Trump administration that are devastating to Virginians.

    On Friday, President Trump announced he would stop CSR payments that helped 242,000 Virginians pay for healthcare in 2016. While Attorney General Herring immediately joined a lawsuit to defend the payments, John Adams said that it’s not his job to protect access to healthcare and made clear that he would stand by as hundreds of thousands of Virginians lose their insurance and are denied coverage or charged more because of pre-existing conditions.

    And the week before, the Trump administration moved to roll back access to affordable contraception, an outcome Adams had been working toward for years. While Adams volunteered his legal services twice in an effort to put women’s reproductive freedom in the hands of their employers, including in the infamous Hobby Lobby case, Attorney General Herring has been a relentless fighter to protect women’s access to safe and affordable contraception.

    “Another record-setting month of fundraising shows the strong grassroots enthusiasm for Attorney General Herring and his record of keeping Virginians safe, fighting for affordable healthcare, and protecting women’s access to contraception,” said Adam Zuckerman, Herring’s campaign manager. “In the final weeks of this campaign, John Adams will be forced to answer for his extreme positions on restricting women’s reproductive freedom, his work to limit women’s access to affordable contraception, and his support for allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for those Virginians with pre-existing conditions. We’re confident Virginians will see the clear differences between the two candidates on the issues that matter in this race, and will vote to reelect Attorney General Herring on November 7th.”

  • Great to see Justin Fairfax crush Jill Vogel in September fundraising. Vogel has $168k on hand, far less than Fairfax’s $568k.

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  • Also good to see:

    Karrie Delaney (D) raising $184,487 vs. $149,334 for Jim LeMunyon (R)
    Danica Roem (D) raising $123,681 vs. $82,102 for “Sideshow Bob” Marshall (R)
    Mike Mullin (D) raising $144,016 vs. $128,047 for Heather Cordasco (R)

  • From the Donte Tanner for Delegate campaign:

    Donte Tanner Raises $155k in September, Compared to Tim Hugo’s $64k Raised

    CENTREVILLE, Va. – In an incredible show of support, Air Force Veteran and Small Business Owner Donte Tanner out-raised Republican incumbent Tim Hugo in the race for the 40th District House of Delegates. For September, Democrat Donte Tanner raised nearly $154,628, in comparison to 14-year incumbent Tim Hugo raising $64,000. 904 of those donations were in amounts of $100 or less.

    “I’m humbled by the support my campaign has seen, both financially and the of grassroots volunteer support,” Tanner said. “From the very beginning, I’ve made this campaign about putting service before self. Clearly this message is resonating, and I will continue to work hard every day to be the next Delegate for the 40th District.”

    Including last quarters fundraising haul, Tanner’s campaign boasts an impressive total of $355,000 raised for the campaign. Since announcing his campaign in May, Tanner and his team of more than 120 volunteers have knocked on over 65,000 doors in the district.

    Democrat Donte Tanner is running against 14-year incumbent Republican Tim Hugo. In 2016, the 40th District went 8 points for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

  • Northam demolishes Gillespie in September fundraising; Northam has $5.7m cash on hand, Gillespie only $2.5m

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  • From the Mark Herring for AG campaign:

    Herring Raises Over $1.617 Million in September

    ~ Started October with more than $2.5 million cash on hand ~

    RICHMOND, VA. — Attorney General Mark Herring’s campaign for reelection announced today it raised more than $1.617 million in September, the most an Attorney General candidate in Virginia has ever raised in the month of September, and started October with over $2.5 million cash on hand. The campaign received contributions from 3,437 individual donors in September, a sign of the continued strong grassroots support for Attorney General Herring’s campaign.

    Meanwhile, Republican candidate John Adams’ struggling campaign is being propped up by extreme outside groups like the NRA, Susan B. Anthony List, and the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), which is supporting Adams because of “a desire by some to roll back same-sex marriage…”

    As of October 11th, RAGA had contributed a total of $2.75 million to Adams’ campaign. Combined with at least $644,000 in TV ads from the NRA, $40,000 in digital ads from the extreme anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List, and $15,000 in mail from The Family Foundation, Adams has benefitted from at least $3.5 million from outside groups supporting his campaign.

    In recent weeks, the stark contrast between the candidates in the race has been brought into the spotlight in the wake of two moves by the Trump administration that are devastating to Virginians.

    On Friday, President Trump announced he would stop CSR payments that helped 242,000 Virginians pay for healthcare in 2016. While Attorney General Herring immediately joined a lawsuit to defend the payments, John Adams said that it’s not his job to protect access to healthcare and made clear that he would stand by as hundreds of thousands of Virginians lose their insurance and are denied coverage or charged more because of pre-existing conditions.

    And the week before, the Trump administration moved to roll back access to affordable contraception, an outcome Adams had been working toward for years. While Adams volunteered his legal services twice in an effort to put women’s reproductive freedom in the hands of their employers, including in the infamous Hobby Lobby case, Attorney General Herring has been a relentless fighter to protect women’s access to safe and affordable contraception.

    “Another record-setting month of fundraising shows the strong grassroots enthusiasm for Attorney General Herring and his record of keeping Virginians safe, fighting for affordable healthcare, and protecting women’s access to contraception,” said Adam Zuckerman, Herring’s campaign manager. “In the final weeks of this campaign, John Adams will be forced to answer for his extreme positions on restricting women’s reproductive freedom, his work to limit women’s access to affordable contraception, and his support for allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for those Virginians with pre-existing conditions. We’re confident Virginians will see the clear differences between the two candidates on the issues that matter in this race, and will vote to reelect Attorney General Herring on November 7th.”

  • Kathy Tran Raises More Than $187,000 in September

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. – Kathy Tran has reported raising $187,886 in September, the best fundraising month of her campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates. Tran’s campaign also reported starting October with $120,649 in the bank. Tran brought in nearly 1,300 contributions in September; the median contribution amount was $15.

    “With only weeks left until Election Day, Kathy Tran has continued to significantly outraise her opponent to build the resources needed to win,” said Tran Campaign Manager Noah Kim. “Virginians in Fairfax County and across the Commonwealth are stepping up to vote, volunteer, and contribute because they know Kathy is committed to strengthening our public schools, honoring our veterans and military families, expanding access to affordable health care, and standing up for women by fighting for equal pay for equal work and the right to make their own health care decisions. By contrast, Lolita Mancheno-Smoak’s extremist agenda has failed to gain traction at any point in the race, as she has stood by her proud support of President Trump, opposition to expanding Medicaid, and commitment to defunding Planned Parenthood.”

    Kathy Tran, the Democratic nominee for the Virginia House of Delegates’ 42nd District, is running to fight for the American values that brought her family here. Tran’s family fled Vietnam as boat refugees. On the voyage, Tran grew so sick she almost died at sea. Tran went on to earn multiple degrees and became a public servant at the U.S. Department of Labor, helping veterans and military spouses acquire the job training and employment services they needed to achieve their own American Dream. As president of her local PTA, she volunteers her time to keep our public schools strong and our children’s futures bright.

    Current filing (9/1/17 through 9/30/17):
    Total raised by Kathy Tran for Delegate in September: $187,886
    Cash on hand as of 9/30/17: $120,649
    Median contribution to Kathy Tran for Delegate: $15
    Number of contributions: 1,299
    About 84% of contributions were in increments of $100 or less
    Campaign to date:
    Total raised by Kathy Tran for Delegate to date: $412,119
    Number of contributions to date: 3,829

  • Old Matt

    Brent Finnegan (VA-26) out-raised Del. Wilt for the second straight reporting period. $21,915 to $8,180 in September.

    Also Finnegan had 10 times as many donors. 276 for Finnegan to 28 for Wilt

  • VANVALKENBURG OUTRAISES OPPONENT ONE MONTH BEFORE ELECTION

    Public School Teacher Reports More Cash Raised, On Hand, Than Self-Funding Opponent

    Henrico, VA, 10/17/2017 – Schuyler VanValkenburg has raised an outstanding $115,245 in the month of September. As of the most recent filing required by the Commonwealth of Virginia, VanValkenburg raised $68,613 in cash and another $45,453 in in-kind contributions. VanValkenburg, a public school teacher, recorded 1,627 individual contributions for September and has an astounding 6,103 total contributors through October 1st. VanValkenburg now has $84,720 cash on hand.

    VanValkenburg issued the following statement:

    I am truly grateful to all of the people who have supported my campaign. Our outstanding fundraising numbers clearly demonstrate that voters in the Commonwealth are ready for new leadership in Richmond. We are in an excellent position as we head into the final 3 weeks of the campaign.

    VanValkenburg’s finance report is even more outstanding when you compare it to that of his opponent, Ed Whitlock. Whitlock was only able to pull in $20,580 from 57 individual contributions. The majority of Ed Whitlock’s money came from PACs and GOP officials, rather than from voters. Furthermore, Whitlock, a foreclosure and debt collection attorney who represents banks and other financial institutions, has now loaned his campaign a total of $100,000. Despite this, VanValkenburg has outraised Whitlock $275,053 to $246,849 for the duration of the campaign and enjoys 2 to 1 cash on hand advantage.

    VanValkenburg issued the following statement:

    My opponent has loaned the equivalent of two years of my salary as a public school teacher to his own campaign in an attempt to buy a seat in the House of Delegates. Despite this, we have been able to outraise him by building an infrastructure of small donors who want to see change in Richmond. We are in an excellent position for the final three weeks of the campaign, and I look forward to continuing to bring my message to every voter in the 72nd District.

  • Chris Hurst Outraises Yost for 5th Consecutive Fundraising Period

    BLACKSBURG, Va.- For the 5 th straight fundraising period, 12 th District House of
    Delegates candidate and former WDBJ7 news anchor Chris Hurst has outraised his
    opponent, Delegate Joseph Yost. Hurst has bested Yost in every reporting period since
    announcing his candidacy in February.

    “The most encouraging news isn’t the fact that we’re raising money, but it’s how we’re
    doing it,” said Hurst. “Our support, unlike that of our opponent, is coming from real
    people. Over 8,000 individuals have invested in our grassroots powered campaign.
    Since February, alone, we’ve had more local donors than Delegate Yost has had in
    seven years. That’s something to be extremely proud of.”

    Hurst raised $253,246 in September, the most for any House candidate, from over
    1,800 contributors, bringing his total to $642,644 raised since February. Yost, in
    comparison, brought in $198,601 from just 82 contributors, 40 being PACs, special
    interests, or candidate committees. Hurst also holds a sizable cash on hand advantage
    going into the last weeks of the campaign, with $120,481 on hand compared to Yost’s
    $89,432.

    Prior to his campaign for Delegate, Chris was evening anchor of WDBJ7 for six years,
    serving the people of southwest Virginia. During that time, he was recognized as “Media

    Person of the Year” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Citizen of the Year” by
    the Roanoke NAACP, and “Your Local Hero” by the readers of the Roanoker magazine.
    He twice won a regional Edward R. Murrow award and was nominated for an Emmy
    award.

  • Elizabeth Guzman outraises Scott Lingamfelter in September Report
    In Final Stretch, Guzman increases momentum in November Election

    Dale City, VA – Elizabeth Guzman, Democratic nominee for the 31st District, released her campaign finance report today, reporting over $245,000 raised since Labor Day. Including over 1,548 individual donations under $100, Guzman continues to demonstrate a strong campaign in efforts to unseat Delegate Scott Lingamfelter.

    “As we get closer to Election, I see that voters are excited to have a choice for new leadership in the House of Delegates,” said Elizabeth Guzman. During this election, residents of the 31st District have a clear choice to make. They will decide whether or not they want a more welcoming and inclusive Virginia by electing an advocate for all hardworking Virginia families. It is time that we put affordable healthcare, our public education, safety, and transportation first, not big corporations’ or special interests.”

    Guzman’s fundraising continues to demonstrate growth in her support from grassroots supporters and leaders across the state and nationwide. As the only union candidate running in a competitive race, she has attracted wide support from Virginia labor unions. This diverse coalition of support demonstrates how important this race is to take back the House of Delegates in November and the importance of Guzman’s historic candidacy.

    “As we come within 3 weeks of Election Day, our supporters are excited about the opportunity for a change of leadership. For 16 years, a politician like Scott Lingamfelter, who takes money from special interests and large corporations, is out of touch with the issues faced by 31st District residents,” says Keith Brannum, Campaign Manager. “Electing Elizabeth Guzman on November 7 will bring a breath of fresh air to Richmond and a voice for all hardworking families in the 31st District.”

  • Karrie Delaney Crushes Fundraising in Race for Virginia’s 67th District with more than $184,000
    Marks strongest fundraising report going into final 21 days of Election

    CHANTILLY, Va. — Community leader Karrie Delaney had her strongest fundraising report to date, raising $184,487, with 873 contributions coming in under $100, compared to opponent, Jim LeMunyon’s 39. This brings Delaney’s total number of individual contributors this cycle to more than 3,800 in her campaign for Virginia’s 67th House District. Additionally, Delaney still has $75,912 cash-on-hand going into final stretch of the race. The reporting period covers the month of September.

    Will Van Nuys, Campaign Manager for Karrie Delaney, stated, “Jim LeMunyon has consistently put his political career and partisan loyalty over the needs of constituents. He voted against extending access to affordable healthcare for more than 400,000 Virginians and against extending access to full-day Kindergarten for the children in Loudoun County. The people of Virginia’s 67th District are fed up, and eager to elect a true leader and advocate for them.”

    Van Nuys continued, “In stark contrast, Karrie Delaney has dedicated her life to public service, and putting people before politics. That is why Republicans and Democrats have appointed her to multiple leadership positions, and why support and momentum continue to build for Karrie Delaney and her vision to bring innovative economic growth, world class education, and affordable health care for all Northern Virginians.”

    Follow Karrie on Twitter and Facebook
    Learn more about Karrie’s grassroots campaign on the website

    Karrie started working at a group home for foster children – an experience where she learned how policy decisions can either serve or fail our most vulnerable. Later, as a crisis counselor, Karrie stood by women who were assaulted and raised awareness about the abuse of women around the world. When Karrie became a mother, she turned her focus towards local issues as Gov. McAuliffe’s appointee to the Virginia Commission on Youth, as well as former Chair of Fairfax County Citizens Corps Council and the current Chair of Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. She lives in Chantilly with her husband, Patrick, and their two children.