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Fairfax Democrats Set Fundraising Record

Tim Craig

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee will announce this week it raised a record $138,000 during the month of September.

Since the start of the year, the committee has taken in $415,000 for its state and federal accounts, smashing their previous fundraising record of $267,000, which was set in 2007. The committee will report it has $160,000 remaining in its federal account, money it can use to help Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Democratic congressional candidates.

The Fairfax County Republican Party has only $13,000 in its federal account, according to campaign finance reports. With that sizeable advantage, the Fairfax Democratic Party becomes another outlet that the state and national party can turn to for help in turning out voters on Nov. 4. If Obama can approach or top 60 percent of the vote in Fairfax, the state's largest jurisdiction, it will be very difficult for GOP presidential nominee John McCain to win statewide.

So far this year, Fairfax Democrats have printed nearly 300,000 copies of an 8-page, full-color newspaper that features the six federal candidates on the ballot this year in the county. It also purchased 21,000 Obama yard signs, 100 Obama barn signs and 21,000 Obama bumper stickers for distribution. And every voter who has requested an absentee ballot, expected to be about 30,000, is receiving literature from the county party.

On Election Day, the county party plans to distribute about 300,000 sample ballots.

"The Democratic Party is mounting an unprecedented multi-pronged effort in Fairfax County which leverages every asset the party can bring to bear on the electorate," said Scott A. Surovell, the chairman of the county Democratic party. "The Republican committee simply doesn't have the funds or the grassroots resources to execute these kinds of activities."

But the Republican National Committee is sitting in a huge war chest

By Tim Craig  |  October 6, 2008; 10:26 AM ET
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So, this would make the Democrats the "Contribute and Spend" Party?

Posted by: NoVA | October 6, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Seems the results are in, the most electable republican ticket would be Huckabee/Palin, not McCain/Palin this is according to a new poll at nearly 4 to 1 people would preffer Huckabee/Palin over McCain/Palin. Ha The RNC got it way wrong this time.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Actor Jon Voight Was On Fox Last Night, He went nuts on Obama. Assuses him of all kinds of Crazy things. Watch his crazy rant at

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Scott is doing a fantastic job as Chair....and not just because of the money!

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | October 6, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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