Glenn Youngkin announced last week that he has personally invested $1 million into the Virginia Wins PAC. According to his campaign, the goal of this PAC is to support down-ballot races in Virginia including candidates for sheriff, city council, Commonwealth’s attorney, board of supervisors, and House of Delegates.
“With Virginia Wins, we will bring an entire crop of leaders to take back our Commonwealth and support conservative solutions so that when I’m governor we can deliver strong results for the people of Virginia,” Youngkin said in a press release.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP), Youngkin sent $600,000 to the PAC on August 16.
Youngkin’s campaign says that the PAC has dispersed $250,000 to candidates across the state. According to VPAP, as of the last filing deadline on June 30, Virginia Wins dispersed $142,000 to candidates across Virginia.
“I want to personally thank Glenn Youngkin for his support of our House Republican team this year,” said Todd Gilbert, the Republican leader in the House of Delegates. “Talk is cheap, but Glenn is backing up his words not only with his personal resources, but also hard work on the ground.”
Youngkin built a large personal wealth during his time at The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm based out of Washington D.C. He has loaned his gubernatorial campaign $12 million prior to the June 30 reporting deadline. His opponent, Terry McAuliffe, had still outraised him at that point by a slim margin.
Youngkin credited the influx of money going to Democrats as the reason for investing so much in down-ballot races.
“Republicans in my beloved home state have been overwhelmed by outside money from George Soros and others backing left-liberal candidates, Youngkin said in a press release. “So now we’re fighting back and investing in building our team for the long haul. Together, we can elect a wave of Republicans, bring common-sense values back to our school boards and city councils, and begin the work of making Virginia the best place in America to live, work, and raise a family.”
The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) responded to the announcement from Youngkin in a statement to Virginia Scope Monday. “Glenn Youngkin is bankrolling these right-wing candidates because they support his dangerous, Trumpian agenda,” said Manuel Bonder, a spokesperson for the DPVA.
Early voting in Virginia begins Sept. 17.