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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Connolly has biggest bankroll among targeted Va. lawmakers

Updated, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday

Virginia’s congressional delegation is ramping up its fundraising, with vulnerable lawmakers stockpiling cash ahead of next November’s election.

Reports filed last week with the Federal Election Commission show that Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) has the most money in the bank of any of the state’s lawmakers who face potentially tough challenges in 2012. Connolly, whose 11th district includes portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties, raised $270,000 in the second quarter of the year and had $456,000 on hand as of June 30.

On the Republican side, retired Army Col. Chris Perkins raised $120,000 for the quarter and had $97,000 on hand as of June 30 for his bid to challenge Connolly. Transportation consultant Ken Vaughn raised $2,200 for the quarter but still had $75,000 in the bank, much of it left over from an earlier $80,000 loan he made out of his own pocket.

In the Loudoun-based 10th district, Rep. Frank Wolf (R) raised $104,000 for the quarter and had $203,000 in the bank. Though Wolf has long been the subject of retirement rumors, he also has a history of not raising large sums in off-years and then making up the difference in election years. Retired Air Force Gen. John Douglass (D), who announced his campaign to challenge Wolf in May, raised $101,000 in two months — including a $39,000 loan from his own pocket — and reported $87,000 on hand.

In the 2nd district in the Hampton Roads area, where businessman Paul Hirschbiel (D) just announced an exploratory committee, freshman Rep. Scott Rigell (R) reported raising $272,000 for the quarter with $392,000 in the bank.

The state’s other two GOP freshmen didn’t do quite as well. Rep. Robert Hurt took in $206,000 with $332,000 in the bank in the 5th district, while Rep. Morgan Griffith tallied $169,000 with $206,000 on hand in the 9th district.

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D) — whose Alexandria-based 8th district is safely Democratic — raised just $60,000 in the quarter but is sitting on $523,000.

CORRECTION: The original version of this itemomitted fundraising figures for two Republican candidates running in the 11th district — Chris Perkins and Ken Vaughn. The item also misreported Rep. Robert Hurt’s fundraising total for the quarter.

By  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/19/2011

 
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