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Herrity hunts for cash ahead of reporting deadline

With Virginia's congressional primaries three weeks away, Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity is looking for an infusion of donations to put him in a better financial position in the race for the Republican nomination in the 11th district.

Herrity is battling Oakton businessman and 2008 nominee Keith Fimian for the right to take on Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) in Novermber. The primary is June 8, and candidates are required to file pre-primary reports with the Federal Election Commission showing the state of their campaign finances.

"I need your help to ensure the next Congress reins in out-of-control spending, lowers taxes, and creates jobs," Herrity wrote in an email to supporters Monday morning. "I have a finance reporting deadline on Wednesday (5/19), and your donation of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or even $10 would send a clear message I am the candidate to bring sanity back to the U.S. Capitol. We are in the critical final weeks of the primary campaign and every dollar counts."

Through the first quarter of 2010, Fimian had taken in $711,000 in contributions and loaned his campaign another $100,000. He had $610,000 in the bank as of March 31. By the same date, Herrity had raised $278,000 and had $195,000 on hand.

But those numbers are misleading, because while Fimian has been raising money for his 2010 bid since the middle of 2009, Herrity didn't officially enter the race until January. Because Herrity got a late start, it's all the more important for him to show that his fundraising has been robust enough to make up for Fimian's early advantage.

A strong pre-primary report from Herrity will indicate to donors and GOP activists that his campaign operation is running smoothly and that he has the capacity to run a strong race against not just Fimian but also -- if Herrity prevails in the primary -- against Connolly in November. And Fimian's FEC report will show whether he has been able to maintain the same fundraising pace he established before Herrity got in the contest, and whether he has donated any more cash to help his own bid.

The fundraising reports of Fimian, Herrity and all other Virginia congressional candidates should be available at fec.gov on May 27.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 17, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Keith Fimian , Pat Herrity  
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