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McDonnell Defense Fund Raises $149K

VPAP has posted the first-quarter financial disclosures filed by Restoration Fund, a committee raising money for the legal defense of former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The committee reported nearly $150,000 in contributions between January 1 and March 31. Here are the largest donations received during this time:

  • $50,000 from Richard Baxter Gilliam
  • $15,000 from James Cheng
  • $10,000 from Frederic Malek
  • $10,000 from Dario Marquez Jr.
  • $10,000 from Mitt Romney
  • $5,000 from Joyce Johnson
  • $5,000 from Robert Johnson
  • $5,000 from Bobbie Kilberg
  • $5,000 from Juliette Reidy
  • $5,000 from Robert Sledd

VIEW FINANCIAL SUMMARY

04/22/2014

$10K+ Donations to PACs

Here are large donations that PACs recently reported to the State Board of Elections:

Common Good Virginia

  • $10,000 from Williams Mullen

House Republican Campaign Committee

  • $10,000 from Virginia Bankers Association

VIEW ALL RECENT LARGE DONATIONS

State law requires non-candidate political committees to report any single donation of $10,000 or more within three business days.

04/22/2014

Senate Dems send Cuccinelli $5 refund

Republican Ken Cuccinelli is about the last person you'd expect to see on a donor list to the Senate Democratic Caucus. But the Democrats sent out an email solicitation in January that Cuccinelli couldn't resist.

"I wanted to see if they really were breaking the law at the very same time they were loudly (and apparently hypocritically) wailing about our election laws," Cuccinelli said Friday in an email.

The former Attorney General was referring to an email solicitation that Democratic Sen. Don McEachin sent on January 9, one day after the 2014 General Assembly had convened. McEachin later apologized, saying he did had not authorized the email, despite a state prohibition on legislators' fundraising while the Assembly is in session.

Cuccinelli -- who at the time was in his final hours as Attorney General -- donated $5.

Four days after the appeal, the Senate Democratic Caucus mailed out $1,655 worth of refund checks.

"They returned my $5, as I expected they would if the donation went through," Cuccinelli said.

The refund can be seen HERE.

04/18/2014

How Party Committees are Listed

Recently, we gathered a dozen power-users in a room and listened as they talked about what they loved about vpap.org -- and their frustrations with the site.

Near the top of their gripe list was the inconsistent way local and state political organizations were listed in our database. They said this made it confusing to search for political party groups.

As we listened, the VPAP staff nodded our heads in unison.

It would take longer than it's worth to explain how, say, the Republican Party of Halifax County became "Va Rep - Halifax Co." Suffice it say, the recent focus group was a wake up call to find a better solution.

I'm pleased to announce we've found one. For the most part, political party organizations are now listed by their most common name. (However, we continue to abbreviate "Virginia" as "Va." So, "Republican Party of Virginia" is the "Republican Party of Va."

We did decide to continue standardizing names of local political party units. If you want to find the Loudoun County Republicans, look for "Republican Party - Loudoun County" and if you want to find the Wythe Democrats look for "Democratic Party - Wythe."

In the course of this data work, we also made sure our data makes a clear distinction between official units of a political party and the clubs that promote one party, but are not recognized as an official party organization.

This is all pretty geeky stuff. I'm certain our power-user friends will take notice. But we also believe these changes make it easier for someone who is new to the site to find they are looking for.

Thanks for everyone's input. Please let me know if you have any questions.

David Poole
Executive Director
Virginia Public Access Project

04/18/2014

$10K+ Donations to PACs

Here are large donations that PACs recently reported to the State Board of Elections:

Common Good Virginia

  • $25,000 from WalMart Stores, Inc.

Commonwealth Victory Fund

  • $15,000 from Williams Mullen

House Republican Campaign Committee

  • $20,000 from Williams Mullen

VIEW ALL RECENT LARGE DONATIONS

State law requires non-candidate political committees to report any single donation of $10,000 or more within three business days.

04/18/2014

1st-Quarter Integrated PAC & Local Reports

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project has posted first-quarter campaign finance reports filed by major party, leadership, and local committees.

This integrated data allows a number of sorts, including:

  • Sorting a committee's donors by occupation
  • Viewing a committee's donors by locality and ZIP code
  • Seeing each contributor's complete donor history back to 1997

Leadership Committees

Top Donors

Most Money Raised

Cash on Hand

SELECTED REPORTS

Common Good Virginia (Gov. Terry McAuliffe)

Dominion Leadership Trust (Del. Bill Howell)

Majority Leader PAC (Del. Kirk Cox)

Stronger Together (Lt. Governor Ralph Northam)

Virginia First (Del. David Toscano)

Party/Caucus Committees

Top Donors

Most Money Raised

Cash on Hand

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEES

Commonwealth Victory Fund

Democratic Party of Virginia

House Democratic Caucus

Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus

Virginia Legislative Black Caucus

REPUBLICAN COMMITTEES

Republican Party of Virginia

House Republican Campaign Committee

Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

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VPAP has also posted first-quarter campaign finance reports filed by candidates running in local elections in nine cities.

May 6 City Council/Mayoral Elections

The next filing deadline for these candidates is April 28 and will cover activity between April 1 and April 25.

November 4 City Council/Mayoral Elections

The next filing deadline for these candidates is July 15 and will cover activity between April 1 and June 30.

Early next week, VPAP will also post the first-quarter reports for Portsmouth City.

04/17/2014

First-Quarter Reports - LIVE

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project has uploaded first-quarter campaign finance disclosure reports for the major party, leadership, and local committees.

LEADERSHIP PACs

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEES

REPUBLICAN COMMITTEES

LOCAL COMMITTEES

Tuesday is also a filing deadline for candidates running in local elections. Later in the week, VPAP will put information online for the following localities:

MAY CITY COUNCIL/MAYORAL ELECTIONSChesapeake Fairfax City HamptonLynchburgNewport NewsNorfolkRoanoke
NOVEMBER CITY COUNCIL/MAYORAL ELECTIONSPortsmouthSuffolkVirginia Beach

04/15/2014