State convention delegates should vote for Rich Anderson Aug. 15
I was neutral in the race for Republican Party of Virginia Chairman until I recently downloaded the RPV’s campaign finance reports for the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2020, and the same reports for the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPV) and saw the stark differences.
The table below summarizes the second quarter numbers for both state parties, and the Democrats are clearly outraising us.
For example, RPV reported $60,930 in donations in its state account, of which about $40,000 are convention filing fees from local GOP units for the Aug. 15 unassembled “drive thru” convention , which will be held in about 11 voting locations around the commonwealth.
|State funds raised (2nd quarter)||$60,930||$195,734|
|Percent of 2Q funds from candidates/party committees||65%||20%|
|Cash on hand State account (June 30)||$1,900||$298,862|
|Cash on hand federal account (June 30)||$472,277||$672,702|
|Total (State and federal accounts) (does not include other sources)||$474,177||$971,564|
Funding from the Republican National Committee gives RPV $472,000 in cash on hand as of June 30. So, the party does have money, although these funds are supposed to be used for the US Senate and House races, and to pay the Trump campaign coordinators around the state and “Victory” headquarters. RPV can federal money for its staffing in a federal year, from what I am told.
However, the Democrats still have more than twice as much funding in Virginia as RPV (at least for now, as RNC can pump in more).
Indeed, unions and liberal PACs provided the bulk of DPV’s state haul in the 2nd quarter, but the Democrats also are getting huge donations from groups representing the state’s hospitals ($3,000), HCA ($5,000), and American Healthcare-Roanoke ($5,000).
None of those healthcare groups gave to RPV this year.
The state party plan does not specifically require the chairman, who is Jack Wilson, to fundraise, but it does state that a “Finance Committee shall be responsible for fund raising activities of the Party.”
According to the RPV web site , this position is vacant, but it supposedly has been filled. But what is this person doing or not doing?
Instead of securing the big bucks for RPV, the convention this year requires a $35 fee for delegate to vote – something RPV has not done in years and amounts to a poll tax. Although the purpose of candidate and delegate fees are to defray the cost of a convention, I suspect a portion of this money might be used to help fund RPV expenses.
Plus, before the National Convention in Jacksonville was canceled due to COVID, RPV was charging the roughly 90 Virginia delegates, alternates, plus their guests, a fee for transportation/food/incidentals/T-shirts that was nearly four times the amount RPV charged in 2016 when I was an alternate. Guests and alternates would have to pay the fee even though the Republican National Committee barred them from the first three nights of the Jacksonville event due to COVID concerns. As a voting at-large delegate this year, I did not mind the fee, but our email complaints to Wilson went unanswered, except he said in a letter that COVID put a crimp on fundraising. Well, the Democrats were impacted by COVID, too, and they did much better.
But Wilson’s failures don’t end there:
- Last fall, three dozen state senate and delegate seats controlled by Democrats were uncontested. In a debate the Virginia Tea Party held last week, Wilson said RPV doesn’t identify or stipulate candidates – although the Democrats do that and help mentor them. But when his two opponents for chair pounced on that, Wilson’s campaign issued an email July 31, saying: “The RPV has committed to recruiting a qualified Republican candidate to run in EVERY. SINGLE. RACE in Virginia.” Sorry, Jack, I do not have confidence you will do that.
- Three of our 11 Congressional District Republican Committees took votes of no-confidence against Wilson as a result of his poor decisions.
- RPV’s web site is not updated regularly. It still does not list our Norfolk chairman, Bob Brown, as unit chair, although he has held the post for over two years. Nor has RPV issued a list of state convention delegates to the candidates, who had to scour all 126 units for lists.
- And let’s not forget the Chris Peace fiasco in the 97th district, outlined here and here.
It seems to me the RPV is in desperate need of new leadership.
Hence, I am requesting registered delegates vote for Rich Anderson, the former Prince William County delegate and retired Air Force colonel, for RPV Chairman.
Anderson knows how to raise money – some $1.7 million for his campaigns for the House of Delegates and another $500,000 for campaigns of his colleagues. That’s more than $2 million more than Wilson has raised for our party. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics,” as I wrote in my book, The Six Secrets to Winning ANY Local Election!
Anderson is a leader and a motivator and can help save our party and thus our state from Leftism. He will be a full-time chairman, and has a multi-point plan for reinvigorating the GOP at www.RichAnderson.com
And, he opposes the Party Plan amendment on the ballot to reduce the size of the State Central Committee
Voting is 9 to 3 pm Saturday Aug. 15, and you have to pay a $35 fee to vote unless you have prepaid it. Click here to see the polling locations, but check with your local unit chair to be sure where you vote.
It’s Time to Win Again with Rich Anderson as RPV Chairman!