Friday, April 17, 2009

Q1 Congressional Fundraising Numbers

Eric Cantor
(7th) - $963,908
Glenn Nye (2nd) - $380,755
Gerry Connolly (11th) - $316,419
Tom Perriello (5th) - $222,794
Rick Boucher (9th) - $153,147
Bob Goodlatte (6th) - $136,120
Jim Webb (Senator) - $99,336
Jim Moran (8th) - $79,686
Rob Wittman (1st) - $74,239
Randy Forbes (4th) - $69,032
Bobby Scott (3rd) - $19,522
Frank Wolf (10th) - $5,203

Other Notables:
Virgil Goode - $3,933
Judy Feder - $3,823
Thelma Drake - $0

Drake and Goode are strongly rumored to be re-running for their old seats, against Nye and Perriello respectively. They need to step up their fundraising efforts, however, if they are seriously considering re-matches. And, while there are some abysmal numbers here, Frank Wolf's are especially low. Is he retiring? Of note, I did not see Mark Warner's numbers.

(note: I put their total receipts here, and not the numbers for individual and PAC contributions. If you click the links, you can find this information for each individual.)


CWPNRG? said...

How did Vito Perriello, laid up from a stroke, the situation being serious enough that his son couldn't go to work, manage to donate the legal maximum to his son's re-election campaign a few days before he died?

Drew said...

How did you get that information? I have searched the FEC databases three different ways, and have not seen any donations to Perriello's campaign except for late 2007.

Got a link? Or instructions on how came across that info?

Matt F. said...

Okay, so Drew was being nice. I won't. Questioning whether or not a man (who is now dead) would have contributed to his son's campaign is low. Maybe he wanted his last act to be contributing the maximum amount to his son. Who knows? But who would possibly question that particular donation? Hopefully your kids don't still read this blog, or you might have some more splainin' to do.

Anonymous said...

Two Things:

(1) CWPNRG, please provide the source of your information as it does not seem to be in the FEC public domain at this moment, and then please explain why it is relevant. A father or father’s estate giving to a son seems far from improper.

(2) Slow starts do not mean bad finishes, but it does put a damper on fund raising figures later.

You Stay Classy said...


Just for the record..."Teabaggin' Virgil" is an inappropriate thing to put on a "family" blog, but questioning the legitimacy of a donation by a candidate's father who tragically died shortly thereafter is okay? Your moral high ground sure is fantastic.

Drew said...

I admit that maybe I shouldn't have used the word "teabaggin'," but, in fairness, I did title the post Teabaggin' with Virgil Goode. The presence of the preposition in the title has differing semantic implications than a title, as you suggest, without the preposition.

CWPNRG? said...

Go to View Filings (this page:
Type in enough information to narrow it down to Perriello's filings (for me, specify Perriello in the "Partial Name of Committee field" and then Virginia, and House of Representatives. It's the first filing (obviously, it's the most recent) -
Then proceed to "Schedule A Filings - Itemized Receipts." You want line number 11A1 -
After scrolling down to the P's, you will discover that on February 27, Vito Perriello MD donated $4800 to his son's campaign.

CWP? said...

If the situation was so serious that Cong. Perriello couldn't leave Charlottesville to go to DC to cast votes, then I find it strange that Dr. Perriello would have been lucid enough to donate the legal maximum. Maybe he did want his last act to be contributing the maximum amount to his son. But who thinks of that, especially after having a stroke?

Just agree with me that it looks weird. Matt, you framed the question as "Would he?" The question is not that; he obviously would have, he did in the last cycle. The question is "How did he?" It looks sketchy.

You Stay Classy said...


Instead of making insinuations, make an accusation. Have courage. You are trying to damage the reputation of either (or both) Rep. Perriello and his late father. You have no evidence of wrongdoing and yet you insinuate wrongdoing.

I've watched you make comments on this blog, and while conservative, and perhaps overly sensitive, you were always polite. Now you are showing yourself to be the hack you are.

Anonymous said...

CWPNRG you answered my question. Thank you for doing so, it helps in evaluating your entry. I must be missing something, a donation, from the family of a Congressperson, legally submitted and legally reported is far from illegal or immoral. In a country where there are joint bank accounts a check written while one is near death is not illegal or immoral -- It boils down to the actions of the Perriello family. What is the issue?

CWP? said...

Here it is, since I've been goaded into it. In context of the fact that TP was not in Washington casting votes, there are a couple of possibilities.

Fact: We were led to believe that the situation was serious enough that VP could have passed any moment, warranting TP's absence from DC.

Fact: Someone with access to VP's money donated $4800 in his name to the campaign.

A. If it wasn't Vito Perriello, that's a campaign finance violation, plain and simple.

B. If it was Vito Perriello, then he was well enough to do everything himself. Well enough to sign the check/credit card slip himself and lucid enough to know what he was doing. If he was well enough to sign the check and lucid enough to know what was up, then was the situation that serious that TP had to be in Charlottesville instead of in Washington?

Conclusion: The entire thing could be perfectly sound. Or it might not be. It looks sketchy. And that's all I'm going to say about it.

Anonymous said...


Your first question is one thing, although you certainly don't have the evidence to insinuate as you do.

Your second question, on the other hand, leaves me upset and outraged. This is like the people who criticized Obama for visiting his (still lucid) grandmother days before she died. As someone whose father was convalescent for several days before his death, I cannot believe that you would criticize Congressman Perriello for wanting to be with his father shortly before his death. There are a lot of things our members of Congress do that degrades democracy. Paying last respects and showing love to the people who raised them and loved them is not one of those.

I'm not trying to shut you up or tell you not to keep researching. Fine. But to say "was the situation that serious that TP had to be in Charlottesville instead of in Washington?" when you know full well that Dr. Perriello died very shortly after that visit is indecent and offensive.