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Virginia Republicans Are Funded By Corporate Special Interests; Democrats Funded By Real People

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From Progress Virginia:

Republicans Are Funded By Corporate Special Interests; Democrats Funded By Real People 

Virginia—After campaign finance reports came out for candidates across the Commonwealth, one thing is clear: Republicans are funded by Republican political action committees, corporate special interests, and the wealthy few. Democrats are funded by real people who give what they can to candidates they believe in. It is clear that voters in these districts are excited to vote for and donate to candidates who support policies that will make their lives better like increasing the minimum wage, expanding access to affordable health care, including abortion, and preventing gun violence in our communities. 

“Voters across Virginia are supporting candidates who share their vision of a future where everyone, regardless of income, race, or zip code, has the opportunity to work hard and thrive in our communities,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia, said Wednesday. “Republicans don’t support that vision and voters know it. Their fundraising reports show that they are supported by the people they stand up for in Richmond: corporate special interest groups who put profit over people and want to keep the minimum wage low, gun sales high, and health care unaffordable.”

Background:

Data from the Virginia Public Access Project

HD40 
Dan Helmer raised $24,132 from 551 small-dollar donors compared to Delegate Tim Hugo’s $4369 from 84 donors. Helmer’s average cash donation was $215.60 compared to Hugo’s 633.85. 
HD66 
Sheila Bynum-Coleman raised $33,642 from 3,711 small-dollar donors compared Speaker Kirk Cox’s $7,462 from 142 donors. Her average cash donation was $119.10 compared to Cox’s $624. 
HD85 
Alex Askew raised $15,614 from 1,328 donors compared to Rocky Holcomb’s $1,620 from 24 small-dollar donors. His average cash donation was $112.45 compared to Holcomb’s $2,614.15. 
HD100 
Phil Hernandez raised $26,205 from 3,249 small-dollar donor’s compared to Rob Bloxom’s $550 from 6 donors. His average cash donation was $56.84 compared to Bloxom’s $2,754.17. 
SD7 
Cheryl Turpin raised $26,043 from 1,316 small-dollar donors compared to Jen Kiggans’s $4015 from 77 donors. Turpin’s average cash donation was $320.32 compared to Kiggans’s $1,871.88. 
SD10 
Ghazala Hashmi raised $33,580 from 2,345 small-dollar donors compared to Senator Sturtevant’s $3,635 from 106 donors. Hashmi’s average cash donation was $105.70 compared to Sturtevant’s $1,713. 
SD12 
Deborah Rodman raised $40,172 from 2,507 small-dollar donors compared to Senator Dunnavant’s $3,407 from 50 donors. Rodman’s average cash donation was $187.13 compared to Dunnavant’s $2,088.72. 
SD13 
John Bell raised $19,732 from 2,431 small-dollar donors, compared to Geary Higgins’s $9,258 from 184 donors. Bell’s average cash donation was $182.37 compared to Higgins’s $727.93.