The latest outside group to weigh in with its own efforts to back – or urge rejection – of Virginia candidates is Middle Resolution Political Action Committee.
It today reports making just under $2,000 worth of phone calls on behalf of Corey Stewart’s campaign to win the GOP nomination for lieutenant government and state Sen. Mark Obenshain’s bid for the party nod to be its candidate for attorney general, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. The party will pick its candidates at a Richmond convention this weekend.
This sort of independent expenditure, made without coordinating with a campaign, has to be reported within 24 hours, under state law.
Middle Resolution is mainly backed by some big name Richmond businessmen, including Robert Bailie, who ran an insulation distribution business, Frank Bradley, who ran the Fas Mart convenience store chain and retired executives from Universal Tobacco and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
So far this year, by the way, the $135,000 of independent expenditures reported for this year’s state election the split is $124,000 for Republican candidates and $10,000 the Firefighters’ PAC spent on T-shirts and signs for Terry McAuliffe.