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John Warner Isn't Sharing Campaign Wealth

Tim Craig

When Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va) announced in September he was retiring at the end of his term, some Virginia Republicans were hoping he would send some of his campaign cash to GOP candidates for the state House and Senate.

According to the Federal Election Commission, John Warner's campaign committee reported having $724,000 in the bank as of Sept. 30. But Warner hasn't donated any of his money to Virginia Republicans this year, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in state politics.

Warner has been in and out of the hospital this fall due to an irregular heart beat. In 2003, the last year both state House and Senate candidates were on the ballot, Friends of John Warner donated $35,000 to Virginia Republicans.

Meanwhile, Virginia's junior senator, James Webb (D), has donated $30,000 to 30 House and Senate Democratic House and Senate candidates this year through his "Born Fighting" political action committee.

But Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va) has been the most aggressive member of the congressional delegation when it comes to donations to state candidates. The "Tom Davis for Congress" committee has donated about $400,000 in in-kind contributions to his wife, state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax). Last week, Davis's congressional committee also wrote his wife's campaign a check for $250,000.

Because Davis is helping to bankroll his wife's campaign, Virginia Republicans have been able to direct more of their resources to other competitive state Senate races.

By Tim Craig  |  November 5, 2007; 12:41 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008 , James Webb , John W. Warner , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig  
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