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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Giuliani Racks Up Cash for RPV

The fundraiser in Vienna Monday with presidentia hopeful Rudy Giuliani was apparently a major success. On the RPV website, they say that this fundraiser generated over $100,000 for the party coffers. This is interesting b/c I heard a few days ago that this fundraiser was looking like it would raise around 25-30k. Whats more, since I assume this event would be splitting the money between Rudy and the RPV; it must have raised a total of over 200k.

There are many more GOP heavy hitters coming to Virginia in the near future; so hopefully they will be as successful as this one.

What remains to be seen is if Gillespie can really deliver the massive fundraising prowess that was advertised before his election as RPV chair. The proposed staff positions and other major expenses like the new TV ad attacking Governor Kaine will cost alot more money than the RPV has spent in the past. Fundraisers like this may help him deliver on that promise; but getting presidential candidates to Virginia a year before the primaries should be relatively easy for any party chair. The key will be delivering major fundraising with some of the other lumanaries like Elaine Chao, Tony Snow and Mary Matalin and making those fundraisers as successful as this one.


  • At 3/01/2007 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    For the first time in a long time, the VaGOP is energized! We have a proactive take-control Chairman who has already demonstrated his prowess by raising wads of cash and by forcing bickering members of the General Assembly to compromise and produce a transportation bill. I would hate to be in the Va Democrats shoes.

  • At 3/07/2007 3:04 PM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    Compromising Republican principles isn't good. And, it happened before the RPV Chair got his job in Dec.

  • At 3/09/2007 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…



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