Youngkin Refunds Record Number of Donations

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin refunded more than 600 contributions to his successful campaign last fall, more than twice as many as his Democratic predecessor. Nearly all the Youngkin donors who requested refunds had given online, mostly in small-dollar amounts. Many were elderly, with a median age of 70. At least one-third opted to make recurring monthly donations, the default setting on Youngkin's donor page.

Refunded Contributions per Month

a line chart showing campaign refunds by month

Source: Refund totals found on campaign finance reports on file with the state Department of Elections. Refunds are listed on Schedule D (Expenditures). Age of donors from Virginia calculated using the state voter list from L2 Political, a data firm used by the media and candidates from both political parties.

July 29, 2022