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Candidate in District 4 Special Election

Republican Todd Pillion is the first candidate to declare for the special election to replace newly-elected Sen. Ben Chafin in the 4th House District. The special election has been set for December 9th.

The parties have until 5pm on October 9th to select their candidates.



$10K+ Donations to PACs

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

Common Good Virginia
  • $50,000 from Louisa Cohlan
  • $25,000 from Dwight C. Schar
  • $25,000 from Altria
  • $10,000 from Timothy Chapman
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus
  • $10,000 from Consumer Litigation Associates
  • $20,000 from Commonwealth Victory Fund (2 donations)
Democratic Party of Virginia
  • $20,000 from The House Democratic Caucus
  • $12,500 from Stanley M. Chesley
Dominion Leadership Trust
  • $10,000 from Steven Landes for Delegate


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


Bellwether Localities

Since 2009, no candidate for Governor or Senator has won statewide election without winning a plurality of the votes in 23 cities and counties.

The "bellwethers" range from tiny Emporia on the North Carolina border to giant Fairfax County. These localities could prove pivotal in the Nov. 4 election between Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

Bellwether Localities


Local Candidates' Disclosure Reports

VPAP has posted campaign finance reports for three cities and counties holding local elections this November. These reports, which were due Sept. 15, reflect campaign funds raised in July and August.

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

Arlington County Board

Suffolk City Council

Virginia Beach City Council

Next week, VPAP will post reports for Portsmouth City Council.


New Independent Expenditures

VPAP has posted the latest independent expenditures.

  • The National Rifle Association made four independent expenditures totaling $11,874 in support of Virginia Congressional candidate Barbara Comstock. They have spent $21,789 in support of Del. Comstock so far this year, and $434K in total Virginia federal independent expenditures.



New Independent Expenditures

VPAP has posted the latest independent expenditures.

  • Virginia Progress PAC spent $18,742 opposing Ed Gillespie in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. They have spent a total of just over one million dollars this year in federal independent expenditures, all in opposition of Gillespie.
  • The National Rifle Association spent $1,775 in support of Virginia Congressional candidate Barbara Comstock. They have spent $422K this year in federal independent expenditures in various races. 



Sept. 15 Filing Reports

Sept. 15 is the deadline for candidates running in Nov. 4 local elections to disclose their campaign finances for July and August.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. VPAP should have information posted on its site later this week for four localities:

  • Arlington County Board
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Suffolk City Council
  • Virginia Beach City Council

Candidates must report the name, address, employer, and occupation of any donor who gave more than $100. They are also required to itemize all expenses, regardless of amount.