Campaign Reports Show Loudoun Candidates Building War Chests

Campaign finance reports filed in July show candidates for the Board of Supervisors building up their war chests over the summer as Loudouners brace for campaigning to begin in earnest.

            Almost every candidate in the races for the county board raised more than they spent in June, the month covered by the most recent campaign finance reports and tracked by the Virginia Public Access Project. All of those fundraising numbers include in-kind receipts and donations.

            The biggest-budget races by far continue to be in the race for chairman at-large. Former Republican Party of Virginia Chairman and Leesburg attorney John Whitbeck, who kicked off his campaign raising almost a quarter-million dollars in large part from big, out-of-town donors, continued to outpace all other candidates. His campaign began the month with $246,686 and finished with $253,117, raising $58,184 from 58 donors and spending $51,752. That once again puts the average contribution to his campaign above $1,000.

            His campaign again was buoyed by large donors, including from outside Loudoun. His three largest donors were Leesburg’s Jackie Asencio, who gave $9,319; Presidential Coalition LLC, which gave $5,000; and Bay Armoury LLC, which gave $2,940. Asencio is the CEO of Chantilly-based human resources corporation C2. Presidential Coalition LLC is affiliated with and shares a president, David Bossie, with Citizens United, which argued the famous Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission case. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Citizens United in that case freed corporations and labor unions to spend money advocating or opposing specific candidates. Alexandria-based Bay Armoury has been a major contributor to both state and federal elections.

            Meanwhile, incumbent County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) began the month with $144,036 and finished with $147,163, raising $39,118 from 105 donors and spending $35,990. That puts her average contribution at $373.

            Her biggest donors were Bell for Senate and Thomas Moorehead with $5,00 each. Bell for Senate is the campaign committee for Del. John J. Bell (D-87)’s campaign for state senate. Thomas Moorehead is the owner of BMW of Sterling, MINI of Sterling, Rolls Royce Motor Cars Sterling and hotels across the country, and co-founder of The Joyce and Thomas Moorehead Scholarship Foundation.

            They were followed by $4,896 from Sheila Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hospitality, which includes the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, and president of the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

            In the Algonkian District, incumbent Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) began the month with $153,132 and finished with $156,419, raising $18,509 from 69 donations and spending $15,222. Her largest donors include Leesburg-based Moxie Holdings Inc. at $5,000, Brown’s Automotive Group for $2,500, and conservative political action committee Citizens for A Better Tomorrow for $1,500.

            Her opponent, Democrat Juli Briskman, started the month with $50,925, finishing with $57,686. She raised $14,906 raised from 148 donors and spent $8,145. No donor gave more than Merrilee Miller, who donated $1,000; the rest gave $500 or less.

            In the Ashburn District, Democrat Mike Turner started the month with $37,738 and finished with $40,016, raising $7,182 from 16 donations and a $1,442 loan to his own campaign. He spent $4,903. His largest donations were $5,000 from Bell for Senate and his self-loan. Turner’s opponent, Mick Staton, only joined the race in July, having replaced previous Republican nominee Rich McMunn who dropped out to take a job out of state.

            In the Blue Ridge District, incumbent Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) started with $53,759 and finished with $92,490, raising $46,056 from 169 donations and spending $7,325. His top five donors donated $5,000 each, including Economic Ventures, Landmark Construction Development, Total Development Solutions, Timothy Harmon and Sandy Lerner. Lerner, of Upperville, founded multinational technology company Cisco Systems and cosmetics company Urban Decay.

            His opponent, Tia Walbridge, began the month with $71,173 and finished with $85,656, raising $21,004 from 120 donors. She spent $6,522. Her largest donor was Lerner, who also gave her campaign $5,000, followed by New York-based Democratic political action committee Vote Mama with $2,500 and Avram Fechter with $1,045.

            In the Broad Run District, Republican James G. “Jim” Bonfils began the month with $6,211, finished with $14,588, and raised $9,425 from 17 donations. His largest donations, both $2,500, came from Vito Germinario and Scott Miller. He spent $1,048. Democrat Sylvia Glass began the month with $15,807, finished with $12,663, and raised $7,194 from 78 donations plus a $1,000 loan to her own campaign. She spent $10,337 and was her own biggest donor.

            In the Catoctin District, Democrat Forest Hayes started the month with $55,340, finishing with $54,143 and raising $13,581 from 18 donations. He spent $14,778. His biggest donor was Indeya Young with $5,000, followed by Ellisdale Construction with $1,543. Republican Caleb Kershner began the month with $40,036, finished with $45,359, and raised $12,505 from 36 donations and a $4,230 self-loan. He spent $7,182 and was his own largest donor. Independent Sam Kroiz started the month with $4,659, finished with $4,779, raised $2,590 from 8 donations, and spent $2,470. His largest donor was Winchester-based video production company Seven Bends Media, which gave $1,500.

            The Dulles District in particular was quiet for a contested race. Incumbent Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) began the month with $36,561, finished with $46,483, and spent $78. His only reported donation was $10,000 from Holtzman Oil Corp. Owner William Holtzman of Mt. Jackson. His Democratic challenger, Sreedhar NagiReddi, started the month with $1,976, finished with $2,264, spent only $11, and raised $300 from three donations.

            And in the Sterling District, incumbent Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) has already begun spending significantly on the campaign. He began the month with $4,710 and finished with $7,222, raising $15,771 from 30 donations and spending $13,259. Much of that spending was on campaign mailers and payroll. His largest donor was Danny Reyes with $7,500. His opponent, independent W. Damien P. Katsirubas, began fundraising in June with $150 from two donors.

            Leesburg incumbent Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg) is running unopposed; nonetheless, she raised $5,700 from 14 donations. She started the month with $11,490, finished with $17,098, and spent $91.

3 thoughts on “Campaign Reports Show Loudoun Candidates Building War Chests

  • 2019-08-07 at 6:16 pm

    Don’t I at least get an honorable mention for choosing not to accept campaign donations under the Chairman category? 🙂

    • 2019-08-08 at 11:28 pm

      I’d be shocked if you got more than 50 votes Bob. Stop wasting your time.

  • 2019-08-09 at 5:27 pm

    Holy Bat$h_T Robin; I guess it is true that Supervisor Higgins committed political suicide by voting against what over 72% of the residents along the Route 15 corridor wanted – to widen Route 15!

    Fixing Route 15 Now is clearly NOT Higgins priority so I guess Catoctin Lives Don’t Matter!

    Thank goodness the rest of the Board of Supervisors overruled Higgins and voted to widen Route 15 by also adding shoulders, a centerline median and a bypass around Lucketts!

    What are we to do with Mr. Higgins now……..

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