WASHINGTON — Virginia Democrats posted strong first quarter fundraising numbers last week, with the Virginia House Democratic Caucus reporting a haul of over $600,000 so far this year. By comparison, the House Republican Caucus raised just over $100,000, finishing with $105,000 cash on hand compared to Democrats’ $412,000. Overall, Democratic candidates reported having over $8 million cash on hand at the end of the quarter, more than two times as much as Republicans, with just $3.5 million.
“Holding our majority in the Virginia House of Delegates is the top priority this year,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “Over the past two years, Democrats have made considerable progress for Virginians, but we’re just getting started. While the momentum is on our side, we’re not going to take anything for granted. Our incredible candidates are ready to fight to keep Virginia blue this year.”
Democrats’ financial success comes even though lawmakers pledged to forgo fundraising during this year’s special session, which was called after Republicans refused to agree to the typical extension. Even though the GOP did not make the same commitment, Democrats far surpassed them in fundraising.
Democratic candidates filed to contest 97 out of 100 districts in the House of Delegates, a modern record. Last month, the DLCC unveiled its first slate of Virginia Spotlight candidates, showcasing fifteen incumbent legislators who have already compiled a long track record of success fighting for their communities.