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Roemmelt Doesn't Need Developer Cash

Tim Craig

Bruce Roemmelt, a Democratic candidate challenging Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), says he will return a $250 donation he received from Affordable Shelter Political Action Committee because it is a front group for developers.

The PAC, affiliated with the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, gave Roemmelt the money in July. Roemmelt, who has made curtailing sprawl and development a major theme of his campaign, said he discovered the donation as he was preparing to file the campaign finance reports due today.

Roemmelt said in a statement he is confused over why the industry would have made the contribution. He said he suspects they got him confused with Marshall, who he charges voted against higher impact fees on developers. "When I am in Richmond, they won't make that mistake again," Roemmelt said.

Marshall said he voted against the impact fees in the transportation bill because he thinks they are unconstitutional. Marshall added he has been rejecting money from developers from years.

"They won't give me the time, because I don't support what I want them to do," Marshall said.

Marshall added, Roemmelt "has no record so he has to attack mine."

As of mid-summer, the PAC had contributed $16,500 to Virginia candidates since 2005, including $5,000 each to Sen. William Roscoe Reynolds (D-Franklin) and Del. Thomas Davis Rust (R-Fairfax). The group also donated $2,500 to Sen. Jeanmarrie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax) and $1,000 each to Del. Kristen J. Amundson (D-Fairfax) and Del. C. Charles Caputo (D-Fairfax), according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Roemmelt plans to donate the contribution to an environmental organization, even though Marshall has three times as much money in the bank and is a heavy favorite to win reelection.

By Tim Craig  |  September 17, 2007; 5:39 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Tim Craig  
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