Democrats outraise Republicans by 72% in Virginia Senate races

Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.

While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.

This article lists top fundraisers in the Virginia State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Top fundraisers in the Virginia State Senate by party

The top fundraisers in the Virginia State Senate are shown below.

In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Jennifer McClellan – $2,057,626
  • Dick Saslaw – $613,575
  • Scott Surovell – $356,005
  • Louise Lucas – $334,969
  • Mamie Locke – $316,030

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Thomas Norment Jr. – $458,675
  • Travis Hackworth – $346,783
  • Siobhan Dunnavant – $267,978
  • Amanda Chase – $219,296
  • Ryan McDougle – $189,313

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $5.98 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $2.81 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $8.78 million.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 62 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 53 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.

TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – VIRGINIA STATE SENATE (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)

NameParty AffiliationRaisedSpent
Jennifer McClellanDemocratic Party$2,057,626$1,739,872
Dick SaslawDemocratic Party$613,575$179,075
Thomas Norment Jr.Republican Party$458,675$174,461
Scott SurovellDemocratic Party$356,005$137,644
Travis HackworthRepublican Party$346,783$291,116
Louise LucasDemocratic Party$334,969$92,082
Mamie LockeDemocratic Party$316,030$94,713
John Chapman PetersenDemocratic Party$277,464$67,268
Siobhan DunnavantRepublican Party$267,978$169,825
Amanda ChaseRepublican Party$219,296$420,836

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Jan Semiannual1/15/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual (and Post-Primary)7/15/2022
2023 Jan Semiannual1/15/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.