Northam has cash ad­van­tage

He has $3M more than Gille­spie as gover­nor’s race en­ters home­stretch

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Metro - BY ANDREW CAIN Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch

Demo­crat Ralph Northam raised $7.2 mil­lion in July and Au­gust, com­pared with $3.7 mil­lion for Repub­li­can Ed Gille­spie, giv­ing the lieu­tenant gover­nor a cash ad­van­tage for the TV ad wars ahead of the Nov. 7 elec­tion for gover­nor.

Northam had $5.6 mil­lion on hand at the end of Au­gust, to $2.6 mil­lion for Gille­spie, ac­cord­ing to the Vir­ginia Pub­lic Ac­cess Project, a non­par­ti­san tracker of money in state pol­i­tics. That erases Gille­spie’s fi­nan­cial lead at the end of June, af­ter he and Northam had fended off ri­vals in pri­maries.

Gille­spie, a for­mer chair­man of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, out­spent Northam in broad­cast TV buys in the state’s four ma­jor me­dia mar­kets by more than $600,000 be­tween late July and Sept. 7, VPAP re­ported re­cently, cit­ing Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion fil­ings.

Northam’s cash ad­van­tage is likely to re­shape that bal­ance with just over 50 days left in the con­test.

Northam’s largest do­na­tions in the re­port­ing pe­riod were $1 mil­lion from DGA Ac­tion, a su­per PAC associated with the Demo­cratic Gov­er­nors As­so­ci­a­tion; $700,000 from the Vir­ginia League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers; $400,000 from the Demo­cratic Party of Vir­ginia; and $316,000 from Michael D. Bills of Char­lottesville, founder and pres­i­dent of Bluestem As­set Man­age­ment, LLC.

Bills has do­nated $566,000 to Northam since the be­gin­ning of 2015, ac­cord­ing to VPAP’s records.

Gille­spie’s big­gest con­tri­bu­tions in the re­port­ing pe­riod were $2 mil­lion from A Stronger Vir­ginia, a PAC con­trolled by the Repub­li­can Gov­er­nors As­so­ci­a­tion; $133,000 from Jay W. Fai­son, an en­tre­pre­neur and phi­lan­thropist from North Carolina; and $100,000 each from Stephen A. Wynn, founder of Wynn Re­sorts Ltd. and fi­nance chair­man of

Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Inc.; and Richard Uih­lein of Wis­con­sin, founder of Uline, a ship­ping sup­plies com­pany.

Repub­li­cans on Satur­day crit­i­cized Northam for tak­ing a $10,000 con­tri­bu­tion in July from US Mar­cel­lus Gas In­fra­struc­ture.

“When Ralph Northam needed the far-left, en­vi­ron­men­tal vote, he billed him­self as a ‘pro­gres­sive champion,’ ” John Whit­beck, chair­man of the Repub­li­can Party of Vir­ginia, said in a state­ment.

“But now that Tom Per­riello,” a pipelines op­po­nent who was Northam’s ri­val in the June Demo­cratic pri­mary, “has been de­feated, Ralph has de­cided that he needs cor­po­rate money more than he needs en­vi­ron­men­tal votes.”

David Turner, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Northam’s cam­paign, said in an emailed re­sponse: “Ed Gille­spie is des­per­ate to dis­tract from his abysmal fundrais­ing sup­port, which high­lighted his prob­lems with the grass­roots and lack of en­thu­si­asm for his can­di­dacy. Maybe in­stead of throw­ing stones he should fo­cus on boot­strap­ping his cam­paign, be­cause it sure looks like he’ll need to.”

On Tues­day night, Northam and Gille­spie will meet in Fairfax County for their se­cond de­bate. Dur­ing their first de­bate in July, both an anti-pipe­line pro­tester and Gille­spie — who sup­ports the pro­posed At­lantic Coast and Moun­tain Val­ley pipelines — pres­sured Northam on his stance.

In the first de­bate, Northam re­peated his po­si­tion that the pro­posed nat­u­ral gas pipelines should be built in an en­vi­ron­men­tally safe man­ner, but did not di­rectly say whether he sup­ports or op­poses them.

The Demo­cratic Party of Vir­ginia noted Satur­day that three of Gille­spie’s top five in­di­vid­ual donors in the pe­riod — Wynn, Uih­lein and Paul S. Atkins, a White House ad­viser on reg­u­la­tory mat­ters, who con­trib­uted $50,000 — also are key po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial back­ers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. “Trump­world is all in for Ed Gille­spie,” Vir­ginia Democrats said in a state­ment.

In the con­test for lieu­tenant gover­nor, Demo­crat Justin Fairfax raised $439,229 in the twom­onth re­port­ing pe­riod and had $302,201 on hand as of Aug. 31.

State Sen. Jill Holtz­man Vo­gel, R-Fauquier, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, raised $402,841 in the pe­riod and had a bal­ance of $316,046 at the end of Au­gust.

In the con­test for at­tor­ney gen­eral, Demo­crat Mark R. Her­ring, the in­cum­bent who is seek­ing re-elec­tion, raised $1.2 mil­lion in the re­port­ing pe­riod and had $2.9 mil­lion on hand as of Aug. 31. His re­port in­cluded a $500,000 con­tri­bu­tion from the Demo­cratic At­tor­neys Gen­eral As­so­ci­a­tion.

John Adams, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for at­tor­ney gen­eral, raised $250,647 in the re­port­ing pe­riod and had a bal­ance of $597,983 at the end of Au­gust.

VPAP re­ports that Her­ring, the first Vir­ginia at­tor­ney gen­eral since 1997 to seek a se­cond term, has raised $3.1 mil­lion this year through Aug. 31, which is the most any can­di­date for at­tor­ney gen­eral has raised since VPAP be­gan keep­ing track 20 years ago.

The pre­vi­ous record was set in 2005, when Repub­li­can Bob McDonnell re­ported an in­fla­tion-ad­justed $1.9 mil­lion, VPAP re­ports.

All 100 seats in the House of Del­e­gates also are up for elec­tion on Nov. 7.

Dan­ica Roem, the Demo­crat who is try­ing to un­seat Del. Robert G. Mar­shall, R-Prince Wil­liam — and who would be the first openly trans­gen­der mem­ber of the Gen­eral Assem­bly — raised $221,035 in July and Au­gust, more than any other leg­isla­tive can­di­date, and had $162,464 on hand as of Aug. 31.

Mar­shall, a del­e­gate since 1992, raised $34,520 in the pe­riod and had $94,867 on hand at the end of Au­gust.

Northam (left) and Gille­spie

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