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Reports show Fimian, Boucher, Rigell among cash leaders in Va.

Ben Pershing

New fundraising reports show candidates in all four of Virginia's competitive congressional races are still raking in cash, with Republicans holding the financial edge in two races and Democrats leading the way in the other two.

In Northern Virginia's 11th district, Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R) outraised Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) in the first two weeks of October, $146,000 to $55,000, according to the "pre-general" Federal Election Commission reports they were required to file. As of Oct. 13, Fimian had $1.1 million in the bank while Connolly had $875,000, the first time this cycle the Republican has shown more money on hand than the incumbent. Both candidates have been on the air but Connolly has made more expensive broadcast television buys; now Fimian should be in position to match that.

In the Virginia Beach-based 2nd district, auto dealer Scott Rigell (R) also has a cash advantage over his opponent, Rep. Glenn Nye (D), but only because Rigell was willing to open his own wallet. Rigell gave his campaign $500,000 in the first half of the month, bringing his total self-funding for the cycle to $1.8 million. Nye raised just $46,000 over the two-week period and had $597,000 left in the bank on Oct. 13, while Rigell had $952,000.

Democratic Reps. Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher are better-positioned in the 5th and 9th districts, respectively. Perriello raked in $254,000 for the period and had $792,000 on hand as of Oct. 13, while state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) raised $196,000 and had $285,000 in the bank.

Boucher, meanwhile, raised $175,000 in the two weeks and had $1.25 million ready to spend on Oct. 13. His opponent, state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R), raised $97,000 and had the least money left over of any of the state's competitive candidates -- $243,000.

Outside groups are spending money in all four contests, and the National Republican Congressional Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have also pumped large sums into the state to fund ads.

By Ben Pershing  | October 22, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Glenn Nye, Keith Fimian, Morgan Griffith, Rick Boucher, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello  
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The difference between Fimian and Connolly in VA's 11th is not the amount of money raised, but where the money comes from. Connolly raised less than half of Fimian's take in the last quarter, and nearly every dime came from some union or PAC, all of them outside Gerald's congressional district. Funnily enough, these are all groups that do not disclose their donors--something Obama has been harping on for a month.
Fimian's money, on the other hand, has come almost entirely from individuals living inside the district: in other words, voters.
The district will no doubt be flooded with union toughs taking people to the polls and making phone calls like it was two years ago. But all in all, it's always better to have the actual legal voters on your side in a political contest.

Posted by: lleatwo | October 23, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

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