Updates from vpap.org
In 2011, General Assembly candidates relied on campaign funding from the traditional list of occupations whose bottom line is impacted by state legislation and regulation. But a close look at the top donor list shows that campaign cash from some occupations fell significantly, while others' surged.Biggest Gainers 2007 Donations 2011 Donations Change Coal Mining/Processing $382,536 $539,078 +41.1% Organized Labor $402,995 $568,078 +41.0% Hospitals $484,691 $616,093 +27.1% Electric Utilities $590,277 $689,051 +16.7% Beverage Distributors $779,825 $842,248 +8.0% Biggest Decliners 2007 Donations 2011 Donations Change Real Estate Developers $955,164 $576,431 -39.7% Realtors $1,017,182 $617,652 -39.3% Physicians $807,928 $492,492 -39.0% Auto Dealers $764,119 $483,635 -36.7% General Contractors $509,636 $380,905 -25.3%
Source: The Virginia Public Access Project, based on campaign finance reports provided by the Virginia State Board of Elections. The table above shows donations made to all General Assembly candidates in calendar year 2007 and from 01/01/2011 through 12/01/2011, the most recent period available. Occupation coding is determined by the Virginia Public Access Project based on the donor's primary economic interest.
VPAP posted 94 lobbyist registrations provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The last update was Dec. 16.
Here is a round up of $10,000+ donations that PACs have reported since our last update on Dec. 6:
Commonwealth First PAC (Del. O'Bannon)
- $30,000 from O'Bannon for Delegate - John
Dominion Leadership Trust (Speaker Howell)
- $20,000 from Putney for Delegate - Lacey E.
The Middle Resolution PAC
- $10,000 from David E. Cottrell
Republican Party of Virginia
- $47,000 from the Republican Senate Caucus
Republican Senate Caucus
- $15,200 from Carrico for Senate - Bill
VPAP posted 54 lobbyist registrations provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The last update was Dec. 7.
The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project posted post-election campaign finance reports from 19 counties and two cities with elections this fall:
- Accomack County
- Albemarle County
- Arlington County
- City of Charlottesville
- Chesterfield County
- Clarke County
- Fairfax County
- Fauquier County
- Gloucester County
- Goochland County
- Hanover County
- Henrico County
- Loudoun County
- Northampton County
- Orange County
- Powhatan County
- Prince William County
- Spotsylvania County
- Stafford County
- City of Virginia Beach
Note: The information is current through December 1.VPAP will post three remaining localities as they becomes available.
Here's more evidence that Virginia's political economy may not be recession-proof:Total spending in this year's House races dropped nearly 40 percent from 2009, the last time all seats were on the ballot. The lack of competitive races -- 63 were uncontested in 2011 -- helps explain the drastic decrease.
In the Senate, elections were far more competitive, leading to a 5 percent increase in spending. Read the chart below for details.
TOTAL SPENDING - GENERAL ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES*Chamber Total 2009 Total 2011 Change House $38,397,483 $23,437,402 -39% Chamber Total 2007 Total 2011 Change Senate $36,804,440 $38,626,365 +5%
* Note: These numbers represent total spending by all candidates, including losing primary candidates and retiring General Assembly members. Cycle totals are two years in the House and four years in the Senate. Final numbers for the current cycles will be available in mid-January 2012, when the final campaign finance reports will be due.
Updated: January 18
The all-out partisan war for the Senate drove the cost of 15 elections over $1 million.
In the House, where Republican control was never in doubt, the number of million dollar races plummeted.
- In the Senate, the number was up from 12 in 2007, the last time all 40 seats were on the ballot.
- In the House, million dollar races fell to two from nine in 2007.
- SD 17 - $2,588,635 Reeves, Houck
- SD 38 - $2,461,361 Light, Puckett
- SD 20 - $2,220,213 Stanley, Reynolds, Evans
- SD 1 - $2,201,500 Chohany, Miller
- SD 39 - $2,085,812 Baker, Barker
- SD 35 - $1,917,920 Sarvis, Saslaw, Pettigrew
- SD 21 - $1,507,674 Nutter, Edwards
- SD 36 - $1,406,095 Frederick, Puller
- SD 22 - $1,388,824 Garrett, Dodson
- SD 31 - $1,330,856 Favola, Merrick
- SD 37 - $1,216,604 Flanary, Marsden
- SD 33 - $1,211,912 Phillips, Herring
- SD 3 - $1,204,805 Norment
- SD 29 - $1,195,133 Gordy, Colgan
- SD 32 - $1,049,231 Forrest, Howell
* Reports from SD 31 were not received until December 9. This match-up between Barbara Favola and Caren Merrick brought the number of million dollar races to 14 in the Senate.
- HD 9 - $2,387,599 Poindexter, Armstrong
- HD 34 - $1,306,683 Comstock, Danner
The totals above are current through December 1. The final cycle totals will not be known until January.
Note: This post was edited 1/18/2012 to include money spent by candidates in primaries.