Chopra, Snyder lead rivals in fundraising

January 15, 2013

Democrat Aneesh Chopra and Republican Pete Snyder led their rivals in the Virginia lieutenant governor’s race in fundraising during the last half of 2012.

Chopra, the nation’s first chief technology officer, raised about $523,000 and had a little over $750,000 on hand, campaign manager Trey Nix said Tuesday.

Snyder, a technology entrepreneur and former Fox news commentator, raised about $453,000 and had $408,000 on hand, according to a report his campaign filed with the state.

Seven Republicans and two Democrats are vying to succeed Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who is not seeking reelection. Bolling is mulling an independent bid for governor against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe (D).

Like other candidates for statewide office, the lieutenant governor hopefuls faced a deadline Tuesday to submit campaign finance reports for the sixth-month period ending Dec. 31.

Other Republicans running for lieutenant governor are:

Former delegate Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, who raised $156,000 and had $82,000 on hand.

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (Pr. William), who raised $187,000 and had $101,000 on hand.

State Sen. Stephen H. Martin (Chesterfield), who raised $43,000 and had $19,000 on hand.

Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, who raised $128,000 and had $405,000 on hand.

Susan Stimpson, chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, who raised $84,000 and had $46,000 on hand.

E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake minister who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination in this year’s U.S. Senate race, is also running for the Republican nod. No report for him appeared on the State Board of Elections website. His campaign did not immediately respond to inquiries about his fundraising.

Chopra’s campaign report also did not appear on the website, but his campaign said it had filed it and provided figures to reporters. That was also the case for his lone rival for the Democratic nomination , state Sen. Ralph S. Northam (Norfolk).

A pediatric neurologist who got into the race in December, Northam raised about $225,000 and had about $200,000 on hand, according to campaign manager Matt Larson.

Candidates who hold state office are not allowed to raise money during the 45-day General Assembly session that began Jan. 9.

Also filing campaign finance reports Tuesday were candidates for attorney general.

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) reported more than $214,000 in contributions during the last half of 2012 had and more than $246,600 in cash on hand. His Republican opponent, Del. Robert B. Bell (Albermarle) raised more than $147,000 and had nearly $693,000 in cash on hand.

Among Democrats, Sen. Mark Herring (Loudoun) raised almost $256,000 and had nearly $208,000 in cash on hand. Justin Fairfax, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, reported nearly $152,000 raised and had more than $106,000 in cash on hand.

Errin Haines contributed to this report.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.
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