Beyer reports $1.1 million in campaign donations as NoVa Dem primary looms

Correction: Earlier versions of this story misstated the amount of money that Lavern Chatman and Patrick Hope loaned their campaigns. The story has been corrected.

The cost of running in a primary for an open Congressional seat in northern Virginia just cracked the $1 million barrier, and the campaign’s not over yet.

Front-runner Don Beyer reported campaign contributions of $1.1 million so far in the seven-person race for the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 8th congressional district seat, which is being vacated by Rep. James Moran (D). The district covers Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington County and portions of Fairfax County.

The Federal Election Commission pre-primary campaign finance reports were due just before midnight Thursday. Candidates will continue to report significant contributions through the primary election, which is June 10.

Beyer, co-owner of nine auto dealerships, former Virginia lieutenant governor and ex-ambassador to Switzerland, raised $446,652 since the end of March, when the last campaign reports were due. He spent $960,888 from January through May 21 and has $351,371 cash on hand for the last 12 days of the race. Beyer loaned his campaign $200,000.

That’s just half of what talk-show host Mark Levine lent his own campaign. Levine, however, raised only $87,741 so far this year, spent $195,737 and has $292,753 for the remaining campaign.

Lavern Chatman, former head of the Northern Virginia Urban League, also loaned her campaign $20,000. She reported collecting $385,642 this year, much of it on the strength of an April fundraiser led by Oprah Winfrey. Her campaign has spent $326,864, leaving her $69,058 cash on hand.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille reported raising $314,309 so far and spending $295,905, with $18,404 left.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin raised $291,107, spent $200,955 and retains $88,122 for the rest of the primary campaign.

State Del. Patrick Hope reported $258,718 in campaign contributions and spent $196,545. He lent his campaign $10,000 and has $72,173 in the bank.

Derek Hyra, a Virginia Tech professor, reported $35,129 in total contributions. He has spent $23,609 and has $11,470 left.

Patricia Sullivan seeks out news about Alexandria and Arlington County for the Washington Post.
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