Democrats spread dollars around


Alexandrias state legislative delegation joined other Democrats in Richmond this week to begin a statewide campaign to elect more Democrats.

My opponent is the entire majority in the House of Delegates, said Delegate Brian Moran (D-46th) in an earlier interview. I am going to continue to spend my time traveling around the state helping good Democratic candidates win, and thats why I am raising money.

In campaign finance reports filed on Sept. 17, Moran reported raising $31,040 between July 1 and Aug. 31. As of that date, he had $416,310.58 in the bank to spend on helping various candidates. Moran is running unopposed.

Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49th) raised more money for other Democratic candidates than anyone in the House except Moran. Between July 1 and Aug. 31, he raised $32,536.22 and has a bank balance of $36,329. His opponent, James Fisher, is a member of the Independent Green Party.

I fully intend to continue to raise money to help candidates throughout Virginia, Ebbin said. We have some very good candidates in Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax counties, but they are in tough races and I am going to help in every way that I can.

Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-35th), the minority leader in the state Senate, raised $76,525 during this reporting period and has a balance of $266,122. Like Ebbin, he is being challenged by a member of the Independent Green Party, Mario Palmiotto.

The races are getting more and more expensive, so we help those candidates who need it when we can, Saslaw said.

State Sen. Patricia S. Patsy Ticer (D-30th) raised $24,925 this reporting period and has $77,101 on hand. She, too, is helping other Democratic candidates.

The goal is to retake the Senate and the House. While we recognize that isnt likely, we do believe that we can make some gains. Those gains, though, are going to cost money, she said. Ticer is running unopposed.

There is only one local race between a Democrat and a Republican. Incumbent Delegate David Englin (D-45th) is being challenged by Republican Mark Allen. Englin raised $31,009 during this reporting period and has a balance of $32,967. Allen raised $62,932 and ended the period with $85,638. Both Allen and Englin are spending their money on mailings and campaign literature.