Courtesy of VPAP, check out the following two graphics, which show campaign donations to General Assembly campaign committees for Virginia Democrats and Republicans, respectively Note that the “[s]tart of time period is January 1 of the year before the election,” and the [e]nd of time period is August 31 of election year.”
As you can see, Democratic donations have massively spiked compared to the same period in 2015, the last off/odd election year. For instance, Virginia donations nearly doubled, from $5.1 million in 2015 to $9.1 million in the same period of 2019. Also spiking are “Single Interest” donations, “Partisan” donations and “Out Of State” donations to Democrats. Oh, and money to Democrats from “Business Donors” also went up sharply, from $2.5 million to $3.9 million.
In stark contrast, donations to Virginia Republicans have barely changed since 2015. Why is this? Clearly, Democrats are highly energized with Trump in the White House, and it’s showing up “bigly” in the money numbers. Let’s just hope all this extra “green” translates into “blue” victories on November 5!