Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg 

Pete Buttigieg has raised more money in individual donations from the commonwealth than any other candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has received nearly $950,000 from Virginians, according to data from the Federal Election Commission. That puts him ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden (about $750,000) and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont (less than $400,000).

The money certainly helps Buttigieg’s campaign, but it may not affect his chances much in Virginia, said Miles Coleman, the associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a blog published by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

“He is doing generally — at the broad level — a very good job of raising money, you know. That may pay better dividends in states like Iowa,” Coleman said. He said he expects Biden to prevail in “most of the state, especially in the urban areas.”

In September, a statewide poll by the University of Mary Washington found that 23% of Virginia’s registered voters favored Biden. Warren and Sanders each had the support of 9% of voters. Then came U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California at 5% and Buttigieg at 4%.

High-profile donors

Buttigieg’s campaign gained the support of several high-profile Virginia Democrats. Albert Gore, an executive at Tesla and son of former Vice President Al Gore, gave $5,800 to Buttigieg. Albert Gore’s wife, Brittany, a researcher at Georgetown University, contributed $5,600. U.S. Rep. Don Beyer of Arlington also donated $5,600.

Last spring, Megan Beyer, a consultant and journalist who is married to the congressman, gave $2,800 to Biden and $1,000 to U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York, who has since dropped out of the presidential race. But in September, Megan Beyer donated $5,600 to Buttigieg as well.

Biden also has attracted noteworthy donations. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, a vice president of Google, has given $4,700 to Biden and $5,500 to Gillibrand. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former first lady Dorothy McAuliffe each gave $3,800 to Biden and $500 to Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota.

Former FBI Director James Comey of McLean gave Klobuchar $2,700. His wife, Patrice Failor Comey, gave $2,810 to Klobuchar, $2,700 to Harris and $1,100 to Warren.

Other notable donors include Dick Patrick, president of the Washington Capitals professional hockey team. He gave $1,000 to John Delaney, a former Maryland congressman who is considered a longshot for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Boyd Tinsley, who plays violin and mandolin in the Dave Matthews Band, contributed $2,800 to former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who ended his presidential bid earlier this month. Stefan Lessard, the band’s bassist, gave Harris $1,050.

Sanders has received the most individual donations from Virginia — more than 8,400. Buttigieg and Warren each have drawn more than 5,000 contributions, and Biden, about 3,100.

President Donald Trump, the presumed Republican nominee for re-election, has received more individual contributions than any of the Democrats since 2018: more than 20,000 donations totaling over $1.1 million.

Reluctant to discuss politics

Politics and money remain taboo subjects for many people. Asked what guided their decision to donate to a candidate, several contributors declined to comment.

Gerald Saunders, an instructor in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, has given Trump 25 donations totaling $1,107. “I’m not wanting to be ‘political’ other than supporting our president and don’t want to be interviewed about it,” he said.

Clifford Mumm, a former executive with the Bechtel engineering and construction firm who oversaw infrastructure repairs in Iraq after 9/11, has given to the most presidential candidates: $2,700 to Klobuchar, $2,700 to Biden, $2,800 to O’Rourke, $2,800 to Buttigieg and $4,300 to Marianne Williamson, an author and activist. His wife, Christine, also gave $500 to Williamson and $2,800 to Buttigieg.

“To be honest, I am not very interested in being interviewed. The contributions made by my wife and I were a financial stretch but intended to help get opposition candidates moving,” Clifford Mumm said.

“We chose candidates we thought could possibly succeed. Things have deteriorated further, and at this point, any candidate, right or left, who offers some semblance of stability and decency would be better than the current president.”

(20) comments

LoudounPulse

I'm not voting for somebody under 40yrs old to be President. This guy is a child and has no clue about running America. Especially when he can't even run his own town.

amerigirl

really, have you looked to see what he has done for South Bend or would that interfere with you being able to make those types of questions? The people there are very happy with the improvements he has made. He cut unemployment by over half.

Loudoun4Trump

very very weak democrat field for president......I guess why billionaire Bloomberg is getting in the race....

amerigirl

Sure, more like there are so many people sick of trump they all feel they could do a better job.

CindyLou

Just give it up LTM, too many Trump supporters or should I say "Trump deniers" to post an article like this county. Remember, we have KKK flyers being passed out in Western Loudoun. Any person or non-person would make a better President than who we have in there now. Curious a little on why the responders here don't like this man....is it because he is gay or because he's a Democrat? Probably both I am assuming.

amerigirl

He is too honest for them, or maybe they don't like veterans. You definitely got it right.

ChickenChucker

I didn't know there was gay card. I doubt that many dislike him because he's gay, he's one of the few dems that are sane. Also, I doubt that there are many klans

men in Loudoun, but that doesn't give you or anybody else more rights. I suspect that they are more intellectually honest than you despite their despicable ideas. If I run across any I will tell them western Loudoun is a nice place to live and they will welcome all members with open arms. I just love you liberals, if somebody doesn't think the way you do, you just start slamming them, How dare somebody think different than you. Is your John Birch Society membership card current.

Make sure it is up to date before the election or they might make you wear a sheet. Trump is also buying up western Loudoun to make into a golf course. Can you imagine living on the Cindy Lou Fairway? I got in on the W VA Course early and I am a happy neighbor of Don's John.

workhardgetahead

Neither, he's not supported because he can't even run a small city in Indiana let alone an entire country.

The last time I checkedTrump is doing a heckuva job just look at the economy. But people in this area live in a bubble, they wouldn't know a great economy if they looked at it right in the face. Go to middle America and asking a working man and his family why they support Trump. Ask a rank and file union member why they like Trump. Ask a police officer on the street why they like Trump and ask a front line Infantry soldier why they like Trump. They will tell you He has their back!!

amerigirl

Your first line has 2 errors, first he is supported, he obviously is getting financial support and is doing great in Iowa. He runs his small town is getting better with him. Before he was elected the unemployment was was 9.6%. Today, it’s 3.8, a drop of more than half. You should have started checking the economy earlier because trump is still benefiting from Obama's economy. Middle America is not as happy with rump as you think. The suicide rate for farmers has jumped due to the financial problems created by the trade wars. Also Coastal counties of the U.S. are home to over 126 million people, or 40 percent of the nation's total population, that's just within 50 miles of the coast. Only 20% live in the midwest, and their life has become very hard. The military is not happy with him either. Many have said they feel like it is a a him or me situation and it is not about country anymore. You assume that all those people you mentioned like trump maybe you should check it out.

workhardgetahead

That's all we need to hear how Mayor Pete is sliding up and down the Poles.

amerigirl

Kin of interesting, gives you some insights into the way different people in the county feel.

workhardgetahead

It's not interesting. Trump wins in landslide no matter the outcome of this charade. People, stop wasting your money.

Matthew

The only Dem on the current ticket I could support would be Gabbard, but they are hell bent on keeping her off, will be a landslide if they run any of the socialists and something serious is wrong with Biden. I am sorry, but the guy simply does not have control of his mental faculties.

amerigirl

And I thought dreamers referred to DACA

amerigirl

Didn't you say that about the republicans in the last election?

amerigirl

Matthew, Gabbard is for Medicare for all. She is opposed to the influence of Super PACs in politics, proposed an amendment to the constitution to get rid of citizens united, is pro-choice and has an F-rating from the NRA, a 0% rating by the Hawaii Rifle Association and a 100% rating by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Gabbard introduced legislation seeking to transition the United States to clean renewable energy. supports making community college tuition free for all Americans while making all four-year colleges tuition free for students with an annual family income of $125,000 or less. The tuition would be funded by a new tax on trading stocks and bonds. She is against the construction of the final leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline. She also supports the LGBTQ community. These just don’t seem like issues that you would support. Am I wrong?

What I'd like to see is the donor list for Trump. Just the stuff in dollars...not the rubles.

workhardgetahead

I guess you didnt hear about end result of Mueller report. Maybe you should put down the box of Cheez Its and turn off CNN and MSNBC and watch actual news and get informed.

Matthew

Must be a slow news day, lol. I witnessed a groundhog see its shadow on the side of Loudoun County Parkway LTM. I will make myself available for an interview. Contact my people.

tolerantleft

No, it's more of the left-wing times mirror promoting their agenda.

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