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Freshmen House Dems’ Money Coming Much Less from Corporate Sources, Much More from Enviro, Labor and Progressive Individuals/Groups

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See below for an interesting infographic by VPAP. Takeaway #1 is that Virginia freshmen Democrats (e.g., ones elected to the House of Delegates in the “blue wave” of November 2017) are relying FAR less on campaign cash from companies and trade associations with registered lobbyists compared to past cycles. Specifically, freshmen House Dems so far have received 6% of their campaign funds from business donors, down from 29% during 2008-2016. That’s a good thing, IMHO.

Takeaway #2 is how they’re making up that money: namely, by a sharp increase (from 5% pre-2018 to 21% since January 2018) in money from single-interest donors, as well as donations from partisan sources (up from 6% to 12%), from out-of-state donors (up from 4% to 10%) and from small donors (up from 12% to 15%).

By FAR the largest single-interest donor (almost $400k) for freshmen House Dems, by the way, has been Michael Bills, combined with Bills’ “Clean Virginia Fund.” And the largest out-of-state donor ($100k to Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy) has been Karla Jurvetson – “after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, her political donations to Democratic candidates dramatically increased to $6.9 million in advance of the 2018 midterms, making her the third highest woman political donor in the nation.” Another big out-of-state donor has been Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who has donated $85k to Del. Danica Roem. Anything else jump out at you?