Gay rights attorney and talk show host Mark Levine reported cash receipts of more than $322,000 in campaign funds this week, placing him in second place behind front runner Donald Beyer in the 10-candidate race for the Northern Virginia congressional seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).
Federal Election Commission records show Beyer, Virginia’s former lieutenant governor, had receipts of more than $672,000 in campaign funds as of March 31, the end of the most recent campaign finance reporting period.
Gay State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who’s also running for the 8th District congressional seat, had just over $178,000 in campaign funds for the same reporting period.
However, unlike Ebbin and Beyer, FEC finance records show that Levine’s total receipts include a $250,000 loan he made to his campaign. The records show that just $72,808 of his $322,808 total came from individual contributors.
Levine, whose name recognition is not as high as that of Ebbin and Beyer, said his personal loan helps him become competitive with Beyer unlike most of the other candidates.
“I am beholden to no one,” he said when asked about his decision to lend the funds to his campaign. “It has never been about money for me. I use money as a means to achieve an end – to change the world for the better.”
A statement released by Ebbin’s campaign says Ebbin’s campaign funds came from 653 individual donors, with 70 percent of the total coming from “grass roots” donors that, according to his campaign manager, gave $200 or less per donation.
“I’m honored by the outpouring of support I’ve received from Northern Virginians,” Ebbin said in a statement. “For more than a decade, I’ve been fighting for progressive causes in the General Assembly. I look forward to continuing my work for our values as the next member of Congress from the 8th District,” he said.
FEC records show Ebbin came in sixth place among the 10 candidates in total receipts and cash on hand for his campaign. After Beyer and Levine, those coming in ahead of Ebbin in campaign fund receipts were Virginia Urban League president Lavern Chatman ($298,696—including a $100,000 donation to herself); Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille ($214,572); and Del. Patrick Hope ($186,534).