Primarily people from outside of Virginia and some in Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria.
Looking at Pete’s 93 campaign donors for the last six months of 2012, fewer than half, 42, were from Virginia. The majority, 51, were from outside Virginia. By far the largest contributor is the Super PAC, Ending Spending, financed by Nebraska Billionaire, Joe Ricketts. That PAC contributed a whopping $235,000 in those 6 months.
Of the 42 donors from Virginia, all but 6 live in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria. Only 6 are from other parts of Virginia, one from each of these localities: Dumfries, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Henrico and Hume. One person from each of those six locales. No donors from anywhere else in Virginia, not even one from Loudoun or Richmond or Blacksburg or Chesapeake or Suffolk. Not one from anywhere else in Virginia.
Contrast Pete Snyder’s donors to those of candidate Susan Stimpson. Her candidates during this same time period were 100% from Virginia. Candidate Scott Lingamfelter’s donors are very similar, with 99% of them being from Virginia. Corey Stewart’s donors are also overwhelmingly from Virginia with a few donors from out of state. Why is it only Pete Snyder who has a majority of his support from out of state? Why do all these out of state donors support a Lt. Governor’s candidate in Virginia? Just what do these donors from across the country expect from a Virginia Lt. Governor?
My conclusion? People from out of state support Pete Snyder and some from NOVA. The rest of the state? Not so much. Sounds like he’s the liberal republican’s choice for Lt. Governor.
While we continue to wait for Pete’s Big Ideas to be defined, we can also ponder what kind of beer is in his Pete’s Big Beers. Perhaps both the Big Ideas and the Big Beers are all in the head!