Friday, May 4, 2012

Virginia Senate Race 2012 - #3961 - Where is Tim Kaine Getting His Money? - Bearing Drift (2) Roanoke GOP Senate Analysis - Bearing Drift

Not from Virginians, apparently. VPAP today put out a breakdown of the donations made to both Chairman Kaine and Governor Allen’s campaigns, and the numbers are interesting. While Kaine has out raised Allen by $1.3 million, Kaine has raised over half of his money from out-of-state donors. Kaine raised $3.8 million from non-Virginians, compared with only $1.9 million raised by non-Virginians by Governor Allen. Despite the temporary funding advantage, nobody in their right mind is concerned with whether either Kaine or Allen will be outspent. Allen’s largest fundraising segment came from Virginians, nearly $2.5 million, which is over $600k more than Kaine raised from Virginians. Kaine leads in small dollar donations, which aren’t itemized by address, so it’s hard to tell where they’re from. The difference, though is minimal, only $300k. Allen leads in PAC donations, which should level off once Kaine rounds up the inevitable labor and liberal social group cash that has yet to be spent this cycle. So what do these numbers tell us? Well, first, it demonstrates that it’s good to be a former party Chairman. Thanks to his fundraising efforts at the DNC, Kaine has as good a list as anybody and can get a ton of out of state money. Allen, on the other hand, has been focusing his attention on Virginia for the last six years since he left office and has been able to convince more voters here to pony up for his reelection.  Read more........

Roanoke GOP Senate Analysis - Bearing Drift - Over the weekend RPV and Roanoke Sheraton Conference Center hosted the first of three US Senate primary debates with George Allen, E.W. Jackson, Bob Marshall, and Jamie Radtke. I was there, along with Jason Johnson and Rick Sincere to provide Bearing Drift’s live coverage of the event. Live blog coverage can be replayed here. Rick has posted several podcasts as well, all available here. I came away with some expectations changed, some not. (I’ll list the candidates and my opinion of their performance in alphabetical order.) George Allen: As the front-runner Governor Allen was in the riskiest position yet he performed very well. He had to legitimize his three challengers or risk having an empty podium at future events, thus giving naysayers a crack in the armor to attack. It was not the gaffe fest Tim Kaine was hoping for, as Allen stayed on subject, answered each question thoughtfully and intelligently. He treated the other candidates with respect while focusing attention on each as they answered, laughing along with them at their jokes, and even crossing over to pat Bishop Jackson on the back as a response to one of Jackson’s answers. Continue like this in the next two debates Mr. Allen and you just might have this thing wrapped up. E.W. Jackson: I had only heard of Bishop Jackson before the debates but had never heard him utter a word. I’m sure there are YouTube videos of him, but frankly I had never taken the time to check them out. In a word, I was impressed. Forceful, clear, concise, conservative and intelligent all apply equally. Read more.......

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