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Connolly Still Leads the Money Race

Amy Gardner

The money keeps flowing into the 11th Congressional District's Democratic primary showdown.

According to disclosure reports to be filed to the Federal Election Commission tomorrow, Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is leading the pack of four after raising $500,000 during the first quarter of 2008.

As of March 31, Connolly had $424,000 on hand, his campaign reported.


Former congresswoman and state lawmaker Leslie L. Byrne is in second place with $240,000 raised in the first quarter, $160,000 of it picked up just in the month of March. Byrne had $243,000 on hand on March 31.

A campaign spokesman for another Democratic candidate, former military pilot Douglas J. Denneny, said he would not release his numbers until tomorrow. A fourth candidate, physical therapist Lori P. Alexander, was far behind in the money race with just $8,000 raised in the first quarter.

Byrne campaign manager Joe Fox said Byrne's substantial haul in March shows that her campaign is picking up steam. He also noted that Byrne has received money from more than 2,000 individuals, demonstrating the breadth of her support among the Democratic Party's grass roots. Connolly's roughly 1,000 contributors reveal that his support lies primarily with wealth special interests, Fox said.

Connolly campaign manager James Walkinshaw pointed out that roughly 85 percent of Connolly's support comes from Northern Virginia.

Meanwhile, Republican Keith S. Fimian is ahead of all the Democrats with more than $740,000 on hand as of March 31. Fimian, a successful business owner, has contributed more than $300,000 of his own money to his campaign. But he has raised more than $500,000 from individual contributors.

Fimian will face the candidate who wins the Democratic primary on June 10.

By Amy Gardner  |  April 14, 2008; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne  
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