Slutzky takes lead in local campaign fundraising; Thomas receives second contribution from Realtors
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Supervisor David L. Slutzky, a Democrat running for re-election to the Rio seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, now leads all board candidates in total fundraising for the Nov. 3 general election. The latest campaign finance data was published Friday by the Virginia Public Access Project and includes all monies raised through September.
|Albemarle Supervisor Candidate||Amount raised
|Jack Jouett District||
|Dennis Rooker (I) – Incumbent||$70,405|
|David Slutzky (D) – Incumbent||$71,115|
|Rodney Thomas (R) – Challenger||$52,085|
|Samuel Miller District|
|Madison Cummings (D)||$19,180|
|John Lowry (I)||$17,384|
|Duane Snow (R)||$18,903|
|Source: Virginia Public Access Project|
Fried responded to an interview request by providing a statement about his contribution to Slutzky's campaign.
"He is the brightest, best informed and most knowledgeable person running for a board seat," Fried said.
David Poole, VPAP executive director, said in an interview that there is no ceiling on the amount of money that can be contributed in a state or local campaign.
"Virginia is one of a handful of states that has no limits on contributions," Poole said. "Anyone can give - individuals, companies, limited partnerships, PACs - and a donor's ability to give is limited only by the amount of money in their checking account."
In the most recent filing period, the six supervisor candidates raised a combined total of $72,451, with almost 70 percent of that amount going into the Rio District race.
Rodney S. Thomas, a Republican challenging Slutzky for the Rio seat, raised slightly less than his opponent, with a total of $23,905 in new contributions. Thomas has raised a total of $52,085 in the campaign.
The Virginia Association of Realtors made two contributions to Thomas last month totaling $15,000, including $10,000 Thomas received with an initial endorsement by the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors.
According to CAAR's president, Michael Guthrie, local Realtors decided to make a second contribution to Thomas in late September.
"CAAR has determined that Rodney Thomas will be a great defender of the property rights that so many local farmers and landowners are concerned about," Guthrie said in an e-mail. "We feel so strongly that [Thomas] is the right candidate to protect our property rights and minimize the tax burden on residents, that we asked the state association of Realtors to help with $5,000 in additional funding."
In the three-way race for the open Samuel Miller District seat, Republican Duane Snow has virtually caught up with Democrat Madison Cummings in overall fundraising. Snow has now raised a total of $18,903 to Cummings' $19,180. John Lowry, an independent candidate, has raised $17,384 during the campaign.
Snow brought in $10,793 in September, including two $2,500 donations - one from real estate developer Ivy Road Properties and one from the Virginia Association of Realtors.
In September, Cummings added $9,095 to his campaign coffers. The largest donor was the local Democratic Party, which contributed $3,700.
Lowry raised the least amount in September, with $2,813 in new fundraising. The next candidate fundraising reports are due Oct. 26 and will include all donations received in the first three weeks of October.
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