RPV Over $300k In Debt In Last FEC Filing

By Loudoun Insider

Write about RPV Chairman Pat Mullins and all sorts of things fly into the tip line.  As of mid-October  the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) had a debt load of $319,212.91 (more detail here) while DPVA had a debt of $0.  Sure, Republicans won big statewide, but how and when are they going to pay this debt off?  Especially when they have to abide by the federal campaign limits of $2100 per person?  Between this and the ongoing financial mess at the RNC (including this one that Establishment Ken will appreciate – big spending on conventions), it sure does look like the Republican establishment is still hellbent on spending up a storm for thier own edification.


Comments

  • Wasn’t Frederick kicked out for putting the RPV in a bad financial position, and wasn’t Mullins going to fix that?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Among other things, Willie. I thought Mullins was an improvement, but between his Black endorsement and these financials, maybe he isn’t after all.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    However, a return to Jeff Frederick is absolutely not the answer. Here’s where some of RPV’s money went:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/11/fec_fines_va_republican_party.html

  • JTR says:

    LI, Was this not the shown data for Line 10 (detail) of the period report? Was there no income for the period? Was there cash on hand both prior to and at end of the period? I am not sure that your implication here is correct. This single but is not the whole picture.
    I will agree that Pat should not be endorsing prior to nominee is selected. Although he is not endorsing as Chairman of RPV but as an individual.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Click the first link for RPV above – they show $256k cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, so they had money available, but still not enough to cover obligations. I would think conservatives would be all about paying their bills. Conversely, DPVA had $291k cash on hand and no obligations outstanding.

  • Shaun Kenney says:

    Not exactly the financial position you want your state party in one the eve of elections where the State Senate and HOD are up for grabs.

    Still, Mullins has proven to be a fairly worthwhile peacemaker, though after RNC bailed out on Victory and EDO efforts, I think it’s a near-universal sentiment that we need to beef up our field staff and RPV’s fundraising efforts. Personally, we should have one field staffer per congressional district attached directly to the district chair… but that takes $$$ to get there.

    More than that, we need to invest in a far more superior system of voter turnout than Voter Vault. The Dems are running circles around us and we barely realize it.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Shaun wrote about this at Bearing Drift:

    http://www.bearingdrift.com/2010/11/28/too-conservative-rumblings-at-rpv/

    As I mentioned in a comment there, I didn’t just find this while perusing FEC filings, a well placed source tipped me off, basically because the stupid stupid stupid endorsement of Dick Black by Pat Mullins ticked that person off royally. Expect more stuff on the way. Mullins just stepped in a huge pile of shit.

  • “Especially when they have to abide by the federal campaign limits of $2100 per person?”

    Isn’t RPV exempt from that since they’re not Federal? Same reason Bob McD and local GOP candidates can get 10k checks.

  • john millhiser says:

    The RPV maintains two separate accountings, Federal and non-Federal. Only Federal is limited. State offices and other non Federal expenditures are not. The FEC accounting is the Federal candidates and elections only, and donations are limited. But with some 200K+ on hand in this account, and debt of 300K+, and no Federal campaign activity on the immediate horizon, they have some time to raise the 100K to cover the account debt. Remember this FEC filing does not tell the whole story for the RPV’s finances. So to declare a “mess” is not fully reflective of the whole condition. But who knows, maybe it is. All I am saying is we don’t have the whole picture here.

  • James Young says:

    “I didn’t just find this while perusing FEC filings, a well placed source tipped me off, basically because the stupid stupid stupid endorsement of Dick Black by Pat Mullins ticked that person off royally. Expect more stuff on the way. Mullins just stepped in a huge pile of shit.”

    Good to know, so now we understand: “Loudmouthed Inciter” doesn’t have a principled reason for attacking Mullins on objective grounds; it’s just that he doesn’t like something political that he’s done, and therefore, we’ll use this rather minor problem as a club with which to beat him.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    Jim….if there were no club around to pick up (there was), whatever would we do??
    I’m with John on this. Full picture….not grabass “look at me”….again.

  • Freddie says:

    We picked up three Congressional seats. The money was used well. 100k debt per pick up is peanuts.

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