Loudoun Supervisor Eugene Delgaudo (R-Sterling) still of course holds the crown when it comes to turning local elected office into a full-time campaign fundraising operation, but some of his new GOP colleagues have shown that they find his example inspiring and worthy of emulation.
According to the folks at VPAP who track campaign contributions, Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) has already raised $27,816 for the 2015 election during the 12 months since she took office, beating out even the very efficient Delgaudio fundraising machine, which came in second at $13,275, with hopeful aspirant Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) a close third at $12,049.
As Eugene showed, it’s never too early to start raising money for the next election . . . and there’s always a next election.
No surprises where all this dough is coming from. Topping the list with $7,500 to Volpe and $5,000 to Reid is the oh-so-innocently named “Citizens for Virginia’s Future,” the “citizens” in question being commercial developers and road pavers mostly from Fairfax and other jurisdictions. [The group gave more than $40,000 to Loudoun GOP supervisor candidates in 2011, including a cool 10 gees to Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), 9 gees to Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), $8,500 to Volpe, and $4,250 to Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles)].
Meanwhile Delgaudio, despite his little troubles with breaking the law by using county staff and resources to hit up campaign donors on government time, has not lost the support of the very Christian wing of the local Republican Party: his top donor this past year, to the tune of $1,500, was Melvin D. Satterwhite, Sr., pastor of Faith Bible Church in Sterling.
Amazing what faith can do.