Real estate developer Tim Chapman holds a commanding fund-raising lead in the race to succeed Sharon Bulova as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman, having raised $911,490 — $600,000 more than Jeff McKay, who has been endorsed by Bulova, the Washington Post and others.
McKay has been a member of the board since 2003 and is Bulova’s hand-picked successor. Chapman has no previous political experience of note.
School board member Ryan McElveen and Georgetown University Law Professor Alicia Pierhoples trail with roughly $100,000 each.
The figures come from the latest compilations by the Virginia Public Access Project. They are taken from campaign finance reports that were due by midnight Monday and represent fund-raising from April 1 through May 30. This is the last full look at candidates’ finances before primary elections next Tuesday.
For each candidate, you can see how much money they raised from April 1 through May 30.
The supervisors race has been marred by allegations of corruption and rumor-mongering. Chapman was revealed as the source of an anonymous memo that suggested McKay had gotten a sweetheart deal on his $850,000 home, a charge McKay angrily suggested bordered on libel.
For her part, Pierhoples says the allegations show the corrosive influence contributions from real estate developers have on elections. “The corruption allegations against Jeff McKay are the very reason why I refuse to take political contributions from developers,” she said.
So where does the money come from? In Chapman’s case, it comes mostly from himself. Campaign finance reports show Chapman giving his campaign $835,000, with the rest coming from the usual assortment of unions, developers and other interested parties.
McKay’s list of donors is much longer and includes more politicians and traditional interest groups like labor unions and business associations, although his contribution of $101,000 was the largest since chunk.