Wilson leads second quarter campaign financing for mayoral candidates

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Wilson leads second quarter campaign financing for mayoral candidates
Democratic mayoral candidates former Mayor Allison Silberberg and incumbent Mayor Justin Wilson.
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By Olivia Anderson | [email protected]

Incumbent Mayor Justin Wilson raised $78,518 in overall contributions during the second quarter fundraising period of April 1 to May 27, 2021, outraising his opponent, former Mayor Allison Silberberg, who received $61,324 in the same period, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.

Tuesday was the final deadline for local candidates to file second quarter mandatory finance reports with the Virginia Department of Elections. The Times looked at data on both the VDE and Virginia Public Access Project websites, the latter of which presents the same information in a more user-friendly format. 

Wilson’s balance from the last reporting period started at $92,060. Between the $90,740 he raised in the first quarter and his second quarter fundraising, Wilson has an overall donation receipt of $170,578.

Silberberg, who joined the mayoral race on March 24, less than a week before the first quarter filing date, raised $65,364 in the first quarter. Silberberg started the second quarter with a balance of $58,815 and has brought in a total of $126,688 in campaign contributions.

Silberberg, who spent $64,662 in total expenses, ended the second quarter with a balance of $55,477. Wilson spent $139,994 in expenses and had an ending balance of $30,583 as of May 27. 

In the second quarter, Wilson received 350 distinct donations, while Silberberg received 327 distinct donations.

In the first quarter, which ran from Jan. 1 to March 31, Wilson had 531 distinct donations, compared to Silberberg’s 238 distinct donations.

Of the donations Wilson received, 134 were cash contributions of more than $100, totaling $58,133, 204 were cash contributions of $100 or less, totaling $12,954, and 12 were in-kind contributions or more than $100, totaling $7,431. Of Silberberg’s donations, 118 were cash contributions of more than $100, totaling $46,136, 205 were cash contributions of $100 or less, totaling $14,680, three were in-kind contributions of more than $100, totaling $408, and one was a $100 in kind contribution.

The largest contribution to Wilson’s campaign during the second quarter financing period was a $10,000 contribution from the NoVa Labor Federation, followed by $4,500 from Jack Taylor of Alexandria Toyota. Wilson received two $2,000 donations, three $1,500 donations, 12 $1,000 donations, one $750 donation, 23 $500 donations, one $386 donation, one $358 donation, two $350 donations, three $300 donations, and 96 donations of $250 or less. 

For Silberberg, her highest donation came from Reginald Brown, at $5,000, followed by 12 $1,000 donations. She also received 28 $500 donations, one $400 donation, one $300 donation and 78 donations of $250 or less. 

The second quarter campaign finance reports are available in full on VPAP.org and the Virginia Department of Elections website. The Democratic primary takes place on June 8, while early voting is available in-person until June 5.

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