Posts Tagged Campaign Finances

National Interest in Virginia’s Statehouse Elections is Drawing Big Fundraising Numbers

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New campaign-finance numbers show certain races for the House of Delegates attracting outsized interest and campaign cash. Michael Pope reports.

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TV Ad Buys Are Heating Up with Election Day Around the Corner

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As Election Day approaches, some races are eating up time on the TV airwaves. Michael Pope reports.

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One Group Wants Virginia Candidates to Disclose Where Their Contributions Come From

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One watchdog group is worried about government ethics in Virginia. And, it’s challenging candidates for the General Assembly to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.

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The Impact of Small-Dollar Donations in Virginia Elections

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Candidates often brag about the amount of money they’ve pulled in. But, sometimes a campaign is known more for the amount of donors. Michael Pope reports.

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Summer Fundraising Helps Several Democrats Pull Ahead of Their Republican Rivals

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Campaign finance numbers from the summer show Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans in several campaigns for the General Assembly. Michael Pope is following the money.

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With Deadlines Approaching, Campaigns Use Different Tricks to Influence Finance Disclosures

campaigndeadlineCandidates for the General Assembly are facing a key deadline this week for campaign finance. Michael Pope is following the money.

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Virginia Incumbents and Their Challengers Often Have More in Common Than Meets the Eye

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Who are the people running against all those incumbent members of the Virginia General Assembly this year? And just how rich are they? Michael Pope reports.

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When it Comes to Small-Dollar Donations, Democrats Are Out-Raising Republicans

virginia_flag_map_0Campaign-finance disclosures show business groups and corporations are donating to Republican incumbents in this year’s General Assembly races. But, Democrats are leading in smaller donations. Michael Pope reports.

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Big Spenders Don’t Always Win Elections, But They Win Quite Often

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For candidates trying to get elected, spending money isn’t everything. But as Michael Pope reports, it’s often a sign of success.

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Some Incumbents Facing Stiff Fundraising Challenges from Opponents

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The latest round of campaign-finance documents are shedding new light on the contours of Election 2019. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Incumbents in some Key Races Trail in Fundraising

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Campaign-finance numbers show several members of the General Assembly need to play catch up now that the session has ended. Michael Pope has details.

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With Next Week’s Primary Elections Looming, Which Candidates Have a Leg Up in Fundraising?

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Democrat Alison Friedman is hoping to unseat Republican-incumbent Barbara Comstock in the state’s 10th Congressional District. (Credit: alisonforvirginia.com)

Candidates for Congress are raising and spending millions of dollars in advance of next week’s primary election. Michael Pope reports.

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Outside Money Again Looks Likely to Play A Role in Virginia’s Elections

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As the politics of 2018 heat up, money is flooding in from across the country. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Lawmakers Want to Crack Down on How Campaign Funds Can Be Used

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Delegate Marcus Simon (D-Fairfax) wants to put restrictions on how candidates can spend campaign funds. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

It’s been several years since former Governor Bob McDonnell was accused of accepting gifts in exchange for official’s acts. But, as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers are still trying to close loopholes in the law.

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Following The Money From High-Interest Lenders To Lawmakers

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LoanMax is the most generous high-interest leader lender, giving about $350,000 this election cycle. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Companies that offer high-interest loans are fighting back against efforts to reform their industry, and part of that effort involves writing checks to political campaigns. Michael Pope reports.

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Does More Money Lead to More Competitive House of Delegates Races?

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Republicans and Democrats are both targeting certain races for the House of Delegates this year, hoping to invest in retaining seats or in some cases flipping them to the other side. Michael Pope reports.

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When It Comes to Cash on Hand, State Republicans Hold a Significant Advantage

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Delegate Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) has $700,000 in his campaign account. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

All the buzz this year in the election for House of Delegates has been with the Democrats, who are eager to capitalize on uneasiness with President Trump. But, as Michael Pope reports, most of the money is with the Republicans.

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Fundraising Numbers Paint a Competitive Picture of Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race

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New fundraising numbers in the race for governor show a hotly competitive race with some candidates raising large amounts of campaign cash. Reporter Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Candidates’ Free-Flowing Campaign Cash May Soon Be No More

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Delegate Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, wants to close a lingering campaign finance loophole. (Credit: Steve Helber / AP)

Virginia is known for its lax campaign finance laws, a quirk in the state code that led to former Governor Bob McDonnell’s high-profile corruption trial. While that case led to changes in the state’s ethics laws, one loophole is still open. As Michael Pope reports, it’s become a hot topic on the campaign trail.

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