In Virginia politics, state-level candidates and political action committees have received $465.5 million in total donations between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021. The 10 largest donors gave more than $17.2 million, or 4 percent of all contributions.
These are the top 10 individual donors to Virginia state-level candidates and political action committees (PACs) in the 2021 election cycle, according to the most recent campaign finance reports submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections:
Top 10 Virginia Donors (1/1/2020 – 12/31/2021)
|Rank||Donor Name||Total Donations|
|1||Michael D Bills||$7,470,000|
|2||Sonjia S Smith||$2,777,100|
|3||Ronald D Abramson||$1,063,933|
|6||Leonard A Bennett||$980,485|
|8||Richard Baxter Gilliam||$777,500|
|10||Robert D Hardie||$550,793|
The list of Virginia donors in this time period includes more than 2,327 individuals identified by name in the Virginia Department of Elections’s public records.
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Virginia PACs submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.
|Report Name||Report Due Date|
|2022 Jan Semiannual||1/15/2022|
|2022 Jul Semiannual (and Post-Primary)||7/15/2022|
|2023 Jan Semiannual||1/15/2023|
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.