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UPDATED: Hunt, Marsden net $600K for upcoming Fairfax election

UPDATED: Stephen M. "Steve" Hunt filed an amended report Tuesday that showed the former Fairfax County School Board member took in $238,203 in contributions, an additional $9,700, and that he now had $56,879 to spend.

And another interesting note, courtesy of the Virginia Public Access Project: Both Hunt and Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) got the vast majority of their money from outside the western Fairfax district they're running in. Hunt counted 92.2 percent of his donations from outside of his district while Marsden had 92.9 percent come from outside the 37th. Although a large amount of those totals can be attributed to in-kind donations -- paid staffers, campaign offices -- from the state Democratic and Republican parties.


Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) and former Fairfax County School Board member Stephen M. "Steve" Hunt have raised nearly $600,000 combined in the closely-watched race to fill a state Senate seat in Fairfax vacated by Virginia's next attorney general, according to campaign finance figures released Monday afternoon by the Virginia Public Access Project.

Hunt raised $228,503 through Jan. 1 and has $44,791 on hand; Marsden raised $369,024 through Jan. 1 and has $22,709 on hand. Both candidates for the 37th state Senate district seat received much of their funding as in-kind donations from their respective parties, indicating the importance of the special election set for next Tuesday.

The race to fill a spot left open by Attorney General-elect Kenneth T. "Ken" Cuccinelli (R) is receiving late influxes of cash. Given that Democrats in Virginia Senate's hold a narrow 21-18 majority, a Hunt victory would put the GOP a single switch -- perhaps a Democrat resigning from a seat in a conservative section of the state -- from wresting control before districts are redrawn in 2011.

Figures show that Hunt received $147,840 -- about 65 percent of his total -- from the Republican Party of Virginia, while Marsden netted $203,841 from the Democratic Party of Virginia, or about 55 percent of his total. Other cash donations totaled $78,268 for Hunt and $151,175 for Marsden.

Marsden's biggest individual cash donors included Suzann Matthews, co-founder of an international funds management company; Edward Hart Rice, a Real estate investor and computer consultant; Thomas W. Minnick, director of the Northern Virginia Counseling Group; accountant William B. Hurd Jr.; Virginia Trial Lawyers; state Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax); Fairfax County Supervisors Chairman Sharon S. Bulova (D); the Mid-Atlantic Community PAC, a commercial and food workers employees union; and the Fairfax County Employee Union PAC, all of whom gave more than $2,500 each.

For Hunt, the biggest donors were retiree Bernard W. Adcock; Andrew J. Butler, co-founder of the IT firm, InfoReliance Corp.; Attorney General-elect Cuccinelli; William T. Williams of InfoReliance; and Gary Nakamoto, founder of Base Technologies in McLean, all of whom gave more than $2,000 each.

Adcock has an interesting story -- he's a retired corrections lieutenant from Appomattox who, in August 2007, won a near-record $82.5 million in the Virginia Lottery with his older brother, Tucker.

The brothers get annual payments of more than $3 million per year for 26 years, so Bernard Adcock's $5,000 contribution was relatively small potatoes. But according to records maintained by VPAP, it's the first time he's contributed money in a Virginia election since he took home the lottery winnings.

Some other housekeeping notes from the 37th state Senate District race:

-- Fairfax County Registrar Edgardo Cortes said about 100 mailed absentee ballots and about 200 in-person absentee ballots have been received so far and that turnout will likely fall below 20 percent for the 39 precincts that the western Fairfax County district encompasses. Of course, the weather will play a huge part for a special election that history says probably will bring out between 14 and 18 percent of voters.

-- The debate being planned for Thursday by the Fairfax Family Forum at Fair Oaks Church looks like it will be a one-man show. Hunt is a confirmed attendee but Marsden, who was invited, has a pre-scheduled event with voters, his campaign said, and will not attend. (It also might have something to do with Family Forum's critical comments about Marsden and its connection to the conservative Family Foundation of Virginia.) The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has a breakfast with both candidates slated for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday but it's unclear if it is open to the public. We'll keep you posted.

-- Marsden has canvassing and phone-banking set up for this weekend, starting at the campaign's Centreville office. Hunt has a fundraiser starting 6:30 p.m. at the home of GOP donor Suzanne Spikes in Fairfax Station.

By Derek Kravitz  |  January 4, 2010; 9:30 PM ET
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