Hundreds of Democrats are headed to the tony Homestead mountain resort or the party’s annual three-day fundraising retreat that started Monday.
Sens. Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb are skipping the event, as is potential 2013 gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. But plenty of legislators, candidates and, of course, lobbyists will be on hand.
The fundraiser for the state Senate and House of Delegates hopes
to raise about $500,000, Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw said.
The Democrats have been holding the event since the late 1980s, but this year’s event comes as Republicans hope to take back control of the Senate and pick up more seats in the House in November.
Senate Republicans raised $350,000 at a retreat with legislators and lobbyists in Williamsburg this month. That’s $100,000 more than last year.
Last month, the House Republican caucus’ seventh annual event at the Homestead raised a record $500,000.