The latest financial reports show Republicans have a large financial advantage over Democrats going into this election cycle. Democrats expect their fundraising wizard, Governor McAuliffe, to help clear their deficits. [read_more]From Loudountimes.com,
The combined committees of Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Sen. Ryan McDougle and the Senate Republican Caucus have nearly $2 million on hand.
By contrast, the committees of Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Sen. A. Donald McEachin and the Senate Democratic Caucus have about more than $700,000 combined. Saslaw told reporters earlier this year someone stole about $600,000 from his campaign accounts and the FBI was investigating.
The disparity in cash is even greater in the House of Delegates, which is two-thirds Republican. House Speaker William J. Howell has direct control over $1.4 million spread out over three different campaign committee accounts. By contrast, Democratic Minority Leader David J. Toscano and the House Democratic Caucus have $371,000 on hand. And several of Howell’s top deputies have robust campaign accounts well into the six figures that can be spread around to competitive races.
Republicans hold the state senate by just one vote. It is expected that Democrats, including the Governor, will be putting money into every senate race that has a chance of being competitive with the hope of taking back the senate. Our Senator Dick Black is one of their targets so we must do all we can to help his campaign.