Money Money Money
The latest money reports are in, and the cash is flowing like rainwater in the hottest legislative races in the state. In Northern Virginia, state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax), in one of the toughest contests of the year against Democratic challenger J. Chapman Petersen, accepted $183,000 from the congressional committee of her husband, U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III. To date, Devolites Davis has accepted more than $400,000 from Davis, much of it directed toward network television advertising.
Devolites Davis is spending at least as much as she's receiving, the most recent reports show. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 24, she took in nearly $500,000, and spent nearly $800,000. At the end of the period she had just $82,000 on hand.
Petersen reported $417,000 raised and $429,000 on hand. His expenditures included $100,000 for a TV ad buy, and his contributions included $101,100 from the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus and $117,750 from Moving Virginia Forward, the leadership PAC of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).
In other Northern Virginia Senate races:
State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) raised $264,000 and had $385,000 on hand. His contributions included $100,000 from Citzens for the Commonwealth, a new PAC dedicated to "free enterprise," and $50,000 from the Virginia Senate Republican Leadership Trust.
Cuccinelli's opponent, School Board member Janet Oleszek, reported $336,000 raised and about $77,000 on hand; contributions included $82,000 from Moving Virginia Forward.
Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien (R-Fairfax) raised the least of the Northern Virginia Senate competitors; his report shows he raised $216,000 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 24 and had $147,000 on hand. His challenger, Democrat George Barker, reported $236,000 raised and $169,000 on hand.
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