Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
17th District candidates spend almost $1 million in October
The two candidates in the 17th state Senate District have together spent almost a million dollars on campaign activities in October alone.
Campaign finance reports covering Oct. 1 through 26 were filed Monday with the state Board of Elections, and also posted online by the Virginia Public Access Project.
They show that incumbent Democratic Sen. Edd Houck spent $478,345 in October, while Republican challenger Bryce Reeves spent $455,869.
Much of Reeves’ spending — $362,139 — was actually in-kind donations, mostly from the Republican Party of Virginia, which has been paying for Reeves’ campaign mailers.
Houck reported $38,347 in in-kind donations, including an $18,230 donation from Planned Parenthood of Virginia.
Houck ended the month with almost three times as much cash on hand as Reeves; $214,587 to Reeves’ $93,958. Houck’s cash on hand was the second largest of state Senate candidates; only Sen. Tommy Norment finished the period with a fatter bank account.
Houck reported raising $234,489 in cash contributions from 290 individuals in October; one of those individual contributors was the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, which gave him $110,000.
Reeves reported cash contributions of $95,635 from 201 individual. That included $7,500 from Rep. Robert Hurt; $2,500 from Rep. Eric Cantor; $2,500 from Rep. Rob Wittman; and $2,500 each from the 1st and 7th district Republican committee.