Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Fundrace in the 26th

The new finance disclosures are out this morning. Here is what they show:
Lohr: $128,865 Raised ($61,708 in this period), $74,354 Cash on Hand
Fulk: $127,292 Raised ($53,559 in this period), $72,899 Cash on Hand
Keep in mind that Mark Warner had a fundraiser that brought in about 26k for Fulk and George Allen raised about 50k for Lohr.

It looks like the money will stay close throughout the campaign season here.
Another factor could be that there are no other close elections in the valley so alot of Republicans and Dems will be pouring their money into this race instead of their own.
It hasn't happened yet but it may occur closer to election time.

I will have updates on other races once both candidates file their reports.


  • At 9/16/2005 1:32 PM, Blogger republitarian said…

    Matt didn't have to spend 10,000 dollars on a poll either. Doesn't it bother you that Matt is getting money from republican brass, special interest, and Texas? Sounds like a real man of the people.

    Nevermind the fact that the Lohr campaign lied about how much the Allen fundraiser brought in. Did you notice it was more like 35-40 thousand?

  • At 9/16/2005 6:21 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I must admit I have not had a chance to look at the report thoroughly.
    I have been busy all day.
    I will take a look at it now.

  • At 9/16/2005 6:30 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    How did you determine how much came from the Allen fundraiser?
    Plus, that one would have been easy to tell, just count the number of donors on each level, it was the placemat at the event.
    I personally didn't do that and I didn't keep the list.
    What are you talking about getting money from "republican brass, special interests and Texas"?
    Everyone gets special interest money, the texas was from 7-Eleven and what Republican brass are you talking about?

  • At 9/16/2005 7:37 PM, Blogger republitarian said…

    friends of miller, landes, obenshain. claybrook, meredith, runion, elledge, wetherholtz, lantz, ahrend.etc...

    Texas....bo pilgrim...pilgrim's pride. You know about him don't you?

    Fundraiser... the event was on the 9th.....give him 3 days before...and until the 15th just to be conservative. Allen raised all but 2-3 thosand of Matt's money? Can't HE raise it?

  • At 9/16/2005 8:41 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I don't see Bo Pilgrim on the report, so I guess I don't know about him.
    All the campaigns gave him money, but everyone that is running for the first time gets a lot from that.

    Lohr raised 61,000 over this period.
    If Allen raised all but 2-3k of it, that fundraiser must have raised 58,000.
    From what I see, the fundraiser brought in around 48,000 and the rest was other stuff.
    Plus that fundraiser was the maint thing, why else would he be raising money other than that?

  • At 9/16/2005 11:25 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said…

    I dont understand Republitarian on this one either Hokie.

  • At 9/17/2005 7:26 AM, Blogger republitarian said…

    Bo(Lonnie) is the owner of Pilgrim's Pride. It's the same guy who cut hundreds of jobs in Timberville and shut down the Hinton plant. Remember when Lowell and Tim tried to help the co-op get started. He really "cares" about our community. Why would he be giving money to Lohr?

    His list of donors reveals the fact that he has no grassroots support. I can name the political position or business that almost everyone of his donors owns. It says the people that are giving have a financial interest in seeing him get elected.

    I was being "generous" on his fundraiser donations because it is hard to get a handle on exactly "why " and "when" people gave. Notice the question mark after the statement about the 2-3 thousand. It is hard to pin it down. He ought to call himself the special interest candidate.

  • At 9/17/2005 10:53 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Hey, I will be the first to admit that most all his donors have a financial interest, but that is basically the way politics works. There is really no purpose in donating money if you don't have a vested interest in who wins.
    Fulk may not have the same type of donors, but I don't know what their reason for donating would be.
    And don't say "Oh they want a change".
    A one seat change is not worth $500 to someone who has no vested interest in someone winning an election.

  • At 9/17/2005 10:58 AM, Blogger republitarian said…

    well I can't recognize many on Fulk's list.


    Can't you see how the game is played?

    I used to be a republican cheerleader too. As soon as you fall in lock step they take you for granted. They want people like you who wiull defend the indefensible for the sake of the "TEAM." I really wish I could tell everything I know but I can't. You would be horrified that certain people operate the way they do.

  • At 9/17/2005 11:18 AM, Anonymous Saywhat?? said…


    As I just typed to you on Republitarian, you underestimate Lowell's appeal (and I hope you underestimate the anti-Democrat sentiment, because that's what you keep saying is wrong with Lowell -- that he's a Democrat). Yes, there are some protest votes, but there are a lot of simple pro-Lowell votes, as witnessed by the large number if PEOPLE, not campaigns or businesses, who have given Lowell $$.

    People are voting Democratic for the first time in their lives not because they're becoming Democrats but because THEY LIKE LOWELL. Really.

  • At 9/17/2005 5:46 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I guess you didnt read what I said but o well.
    I guess that shouldnt surprise me either.
    I just wanna know how many people have given over $100 to any candidate without having some alterior motive.

  • At 9/17/2005 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you had the money and gave it to the candidate of your choice, would it be because you had an ulterior motive? Is wanting someone to win and wanting to help him do it "ulterior?"

    Do people give to church or hurricane relief to benefit themselves or to help out?

    Financial interest in an election result is be the corporate way of doing things. I don't think it works that way so much for individuals.

    And just because someone doesn't agree with you, that doesn't mean they didn't read what you said or understand what you said. It just means they disagreed with you.

  • At 9/17/2005 7:40 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    My point is that most anyone who gives money to a political campaign is giving b/c they stand to gain if that person wins.
    They are trying to say all of Fulks donors just want him to win, not to further what they want.
    That is horsecrap.
    By the way, giving to political campaigns and giving to church/red cross etc are totally different things.

  • At 9/21/2005 7:26 PM, Anonymous Valley Centrist said…

    Here's one 'little guy' who has donated over $100 to Lowell's campaign, because he's a man of integrity who will serve his district well. Lohr is a Republican puppet opportunist who doesn't have an original idea in his head. If I have any business or personal gain from Lowell's election to a small seat in Richmond, I would like someone help me figure out what it is.

    And one more thing. It's time to shake up the Republican monopoly of power in Richmond. We deserve better.

  • At 9/21/2005 9:19 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    It is amazing how all "centrists" are dems.

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