Both Va. Parties Rake in Cash in October
The Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign took in nearly $3 million during the first 15 days of the month, according to federal finance reports filed today.
This comes as both political parties are vowing to spend unprecedented amounts of money in Virginia in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 election.
The coordinated campaign, a partnership between Barack Obama's presidential campaign and Democratic congressional candidates, is designed to turn out voters on Election Day. Since the start of the year, the coordinated campaign has raised $10.6 million. It has $1.6 million in the bank.
The campaign, which pays the salaries of 266 staffers and field organizers, took in a crush of money earlier this month from various labor unions and donors from across the country.
Obama's campaign also transferred about $1 million to the state party earlier this month. Democratic Senate candidate Mark R. Warner and the Democratic National Committee also diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state party, according to the finance report.
The Virginia Republican Party reports it has just under $1 million in its federal account.
At the start of October, the state Republican party reported $156,000 in its federal account, but GOP nominee John McCain's campaign gave it $1 million on Oct. 10.
The Virginia GOP also received a six-figure transfer from the Republican National Committee.
The state Republican party spent several hundred thousand dollars on campaign literature earlier this month, but it is competitive with the Democrats when it comes to money in the bank for the first time all year.
Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, said earlier in the week the state party had received a pledge for $3 million from McCain and the RNC, but apparently the bulk of that money has yet to be delivered.
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