State Senate challengers get early start on 2019

Six first-time candidates reported this week that they had begun raising money for a State Senate bid, nearly 18 months ahead of the 2019 elections. That's the most early-bird fundraising since VPAP began tracking money in Virginia elections. No such trend in the House of Delegates.

Methodology: List includes the 53 companies and organizations that reported the highest amount paid for lobbyist compensation from May 2017 through April 2018. There were four tied at $50,000.

Source: Lobbyist Disclosure statements filed with Virginia Ethics Council.