Campaign fund-raising in the District 30 Virginia House of Delegates race remains neck and neck.
Incumbent Del. Ed Scott, R-Madison, raised $41,284 in July and August to Democratic challenger Traci Dippert's $45,900, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed Monday with the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Scott's biggest recent donor by far was the Virginia Automobie and Truck Dealers Political Action Committee. The Richmond-based PAC contributed $9,000 to his campaign on Aug. 26.
Scott's second largest donor this reporting period was Cantor for Congress, the campaign arm for U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Richmond, who represents Culpeper in Congress as part of Virginia's Seventh District. Cantor for Congress contributed $2,500 to fellow Republican Scott's campaign on Aug. 21.
Scott additionally received five $1,000 contributions from: 1) Alpha Natural Resources Services (a coal producer from Abington); 2) the Homebuilders Association of Virginia PAC; 3) Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. PAC; 4) Virginia Eagle Distributing Company (a beverage distributor from Verona) and 5) the Virginia Hospital Association PAC.
Among Culpeper residents supporting Scott's campaign in the latest filing were: attorney Charles Barrell ($100); Mayor Chip Coleman ($90); Butch Davies ($250); Frankie Gilmore ($300); Culpeper Regional Hospital CEO Lee Kirk ($100); Barbara Taylor ($250) and Joe Troilo ($500).
Scott's largest campaign expense in July and August was largely for consulting services through Michael Brown of Richmond ($5,000) and William Wrobleski, also of Richmond ($9,161).
Dippert's largest recent donor by far was Culpeper businessman Joe Daniel. The Culpeper Wood Preservers owner and namesake of the Germanna Community College Daniel Center made two contributions to her campaign in July and August totalling $7,000. In all, Daniel has backed 2013 Dippert's campaign to the tune of nearly $25,000. In addition, he donated another $2,200 worth of office space to the Democratic candidate in the last filing period.
Dippert's second largest recent campaign contribution was $3,000 from Richmond-based Women's Strike Force LLC followed by $2,000 from Culpeper couple Greg and Liz Yates and $1,300 from the Culpeper County Democratic Committee, of which she serves as chairwoman.
In addition, the Dippert campaign received various $500 contributions in July and August from Megan Evans of Alexandria, Joan Gilkison of Williamsburg, Harriet McGuire of Alexandria, Karen Schaufeld of Leesburg and Marti Williamson of Culpeper.
Michael and Rose Herrity of Culpeper are also supporting Dippert in her first bid for elected office having donated nearly $1,200 worth of in-kind services during the last reporting period including expenses for a chili cookoff event.
A primary expense for the Dippert campaign in July and August was $5,336 salary for campaign manager Timothy Cotton, of Culpeper, and another $4,112 in salary expenses for Elizabeth Davis of Alexandria.
Scott, a small businessman in the sewer treatment industry, has represented District 30 for the past 10 years in the statehouse. Dippert is an active Democrat who is a teacher for Rappahannock Public Schools. They will face off at the polls in November's General Election.