In Virginia politics, state-level candidates and political action committees have received $78.2 million in total contributions between Jan. 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022. The 10 largest contributors gave more than $7.8 million, or 10 percent of all contributions.
These are the top 10 individual contributors to Virginia state-level candidates and committees in the 2023 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections:
Top 10 Virginia Contributors (1/1/2022 – 12/31/2022)
|Rank||Contributor Name||Total Contributions|
|1||Pete and Burson Snyder||$5,678,611|
|2||Michael D Bills||$950,000|
|3||Ramon W Breeden Jr||$200,000|
|4||Sonjia S Smith||$193,000|
|5||Ronald D Abramson||$191,300|
|6||John L Nau III||$175,000|
|7||Leonard A Bennett||$139,500|
|10||Bruce L Thompson||$100,000|
The list of Virginia contributors in this time period includes more than 737 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 committees submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal committees are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.
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.