MCLEAN, VA – Yesterday was the FEC filing deadline for the fundraising period April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017. The grassroots group, Dump Comstock, has analyzed the FEC reports along with self reported totals announced in the media. The results are disappointing for Rep. Barbara Comstock, who takes great pride in her fundraising prowess.
Comstock raised a total of $441,045 for 2017Q2. Notably, only $223,326 was raised in the form of individual contributions. The rest came from other political committees (PACs) and joint fundraising committees. Rep. Comstock’s totals are down $66,000 (13%) from the previous quarter and off pace by a whopping $245K (36%) from the comparable quarter in the previous 2016 cycle.
Meanwhile, Rep. Comstock’s opponents raised an impressive $1.2 million in the same quarter. So far, there are at least seven declared candidates against Barbara Comstock. Fundraising totals have not been posted for all candidates, but the top four candidates alone have raised at least $1.2 million.
Alison Friedman: $400,000 (self-reported, no FEC report posted yet)
Lindsey Stover: $306,651
Dan Helmer: $247,162
Jennifer Wexton: $202,237 (unformatted raw FEC filing)
Notably, all of the candidates but Helmer announced their candidacy after the start of the second quarter. Helmer was also on reserve duty for twelves days during the second quarter, and was barred by military regulations from participating in all campaign activities (including fundraising).
Dump Comstock is a grassroots group of citizens that formed for the sole purpose of defeating Barbara Comstock on November 6, 2018 and replacing her with someone who reflects the values of VA-10. Since its founding the group has grown to include over 1,500 members and has raised over $11,000 in three months from more than 300 contributors donating an average of $36 each. For more information on Dump Comstock please visit dumpcomstock.com.