Campaign finance reports for the first half of 2018 are now available. In Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Rep. Dave Brat enjoys a 2 to 1 Cash On Hand advantage over his Democrat challenger.
Brat reported having $917,101.63 in his account on June 30, while is opponent reported only $465,074.89.
Unfortunately the total contributions are very close. But Brat’s burn rate is much lower. Spending a lot of money this far out is foolish and financially irresponsible, which could be telling indicators of the kind of Representative his opponent would be if Brat is unsuccessful. Brat, an economics professor by trade, has the background and voting record to continue to be a fiscally sound member of congress.
Brat’s largest donors include FreedomWorks, House Freedom Fund, and National Automobile Dealers Association PAC.
Brat’s opponent’s largest donors include the abortion industry finance arm Emily’s List, a group against the 1st Amendment called End Citizens United, and New Democrat Coalition PAC who lists Rep. Gerry Connolly in their “Honorary Leadership.”
University of Virginia’s Center for Politics’ Crystal Ball recently downgraded Brat’s race from “Leans Republican” to “Toss Up.” If Democrats are to takeover the House of Representatives then flipping the 7th will be an important piece of their puzzle. It looks like Brat’s campaign is doing a fine job of fundraising and an even better job of being responsible with their campaign money.
There is a long way to go before the General Election in November. Most people aren’t paying close attention yet so there is a lot of time for Brat and his opponent to get there message out. At this rate, Brat’s opponent will be tapped out when the time comes to buy a lot of advertising time on TV and radio.
Money is message. A great message won’t get heard without the money to spread it around. So donate to Rep. Dave Brat’s campaign today. You can do so through this link here. We need fiscally responsible members like Brat to stay in congress. Donate today.