Budgets Get Boost From Busted Bids

Midyear Filings Show Local Legislators’ Cash On Hand

Posted: July 17, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, tops all 99 of his House colleagues in the amount of cash he has on hand, though it’s not a position he necessarily wanted to be in.

Bell, whose 58th District includes the Elkton area, had a balance of $253,186 on

June 30, largely based on money left over from his unsuccessful bid last year for the Republican nomination for attorney general.

From Jan. 1 to June 30, he raised just more than $27,000, which ranks him second among six area state lawmakers for the six- month reporting period, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

The top local fundraiser for the first half of the year was Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, with $68,802.

Obenshain defeated Bell for the nomination last year and received a transfer of $15,000 from his attorney general campaign account to boost his 2014 numbers.

Obenshain lost to Democrat Mark Herring in the November general election, which was decided after a recount.

Tuesday was the midyear filing deadline for federal, state and local candidates.

VPAP, which tracks money in state politics, posted the filings on its website, lifting data from submissions to the Virginia Department of Elections.

Next to Obenshain and Bell, the local state lawmaker with the most money raised in the first part of 2014 was Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, with $25,314, followed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, with $19,935, VPAP reports.

Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, checks in with $15,272, and Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, collected $5,085.

Hanger, though, has the most cash in hand locally, outside of Bell. The senator has $76,693, VPAP reports.

Landes follows with $41,956. Obenshain has $41,103. He donated $15,000 to the Virginia State Republican Caucus in January, which was the largest expense among local legislators.

Wilt stands at $30,022.

Gilbert rounds out the list with $26,843.

While delegates and senators are always appealing for money, this year is not an election year.

Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or pknight@dnronline.com

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