I heard this from a source and then confirmed it here at the Daily Press:
93rd House of Delegates District
Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg: $367,187
Lara Overy, R: $463,235
It’s amazing. Unbelievable. Makes a guy like me want to reconsider Citizens United! And the reason why (I read the book!) is that this seat is now targeted by the GOP. That means someone sees something that means Overy can win. The Daily Press says this:
If House Republicans are putting their money where their mouths are, they’re expecting to speak loudly in the 93rd District House of Delegates race, where they’ve poured big sums into Lara Overy’s bid to unseat Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg.
In the last round of campaign finance reports before Election Day, Overy reported the biggest sum received by any House candidate for the first three weeks of October: $463,235. Mason raised $367,187. The bulk of both candidates’ funds came from party groups.
“It’s fair to say we don’t invest big in races where we don’t see momentum,” said Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, who directs the House Republican caucus’ campaign efforts.
And the Del. Yancey/Simonds race also has attracted money from the parties. (There might be more for TV ads!) This means competitive races. So help Lara Overy and Del. David Yancey!
94th House of Delegates District
Shelly Simonds, D: $155,572
Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News: $72,299
Instead, both candidates’ reports show their major emphasis is on a different kind of outreach. Yancey received $36,364 from the state Republican Party for mailers, and Simonds received $37,663 from the state Democratic Party for them.
This kind of spending (not even considering the outside money from Bloomberg and I am sure others) has a tendency to discourage candidates from running and thus another reason for uncontested races.
BUT my point in writing this is: If you are voting for Del. Yancey or Lara Overy and you see this name on the ballot:
Vote for him, too. I told Mark yesterday when I heard about this spending blitz – wouldn’t you like even a corner of the Overy mailings! Mark will have or has had two mailings and a huge lit drop this weekend. This Overy spending (and the Yancey money too) increases the chance Matney will win. We’ll watch these races next Tuesday.
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders