Big bucks in House race

Published 11:33 am Saturday, November 5, 2011


FRANKLIN—Republican Richard L. Morris has spent nearly $200,000 on television advertising alone in his attempt to unseat 64th District state Delegate Bill Barlow, according to campaign spending reports.

In all, the 43-year-old from Carrollton has spent $405,225 in hopes of being elected on Tuesday, Nov. 8, while Barlow, a Democrat, has spent $168,397, according to the most recent reports, which include spending from Oct. 1 through Oct. 26.

Barlow’s campaign manager, David Furr, said the 75-year-old lawyer from Smithfield will probably end up spending $199,000 by the time the campaign is over.

Morris, who is retired from the Navy and practices military law, gave $38,500 to the Republican Party of Virginia in October. He paid $5,000 to Rising Media Consulting in Alexandria for consulting.

Morris received $45,200 from Dominion Leadership Trust, $10,000 from Opportunity VA, $5,000 from American K-9 Interdiction in Walters and $5,000 from state Delegate Kirkland Cox of Colonial Heights.

Dominion Leadership aims to support Republican candidates in the House. Opportunity Virginia was created to raise funds for Gov. Bob McDonnell.

A member of the House since 1992, Barlow authorized $48,850 for campaign services to the House Democratic Caucus. These services include mailing election information to constituents, said Furr.

Periodically during the campaign, Furr received $1,750 in salary.

Myers Research and Strategic Services in Springfield and Nesbitt Research in Washington, D.C., got $500 and $1,380, respectively, more than likely for polling.

Barlow received $9,500 from the House Democratic Caucus in Richmond and $2,000 from Smithfield Foods, VA Trial Lawyers’ Association and Dominion PAC. Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, a Richmond law firm, gave $4,000.


Republican Al Peschke, 61, spent $10,284 of his own money in his attempt to unseat Democrat Roslyn Tyler, according to campaign expense reports. Tyler, 50, spent $68,288, much of it funded by contributors.

Peschke gave $27,640 for his campaign and received contributions from no one.

“I don’t want to be beholden to any special-interest groups,” said the Wakefield tree farmer.

Tyler, a physical therapist from Jarratt, received $1,000 each from Communication Workers Association in Bowie, Md., the Va. Optometric Association, Dominion PAC, ECR Pharmaceuticals, Anheuser Busch, CHS Professional Service, fellow Delegate David Englin, Dominion Power, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Virginia Bank and Virginia Credit Union

Coco-Cola Bottling Co., the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. and International Paper PAC contributed $750 apiece.

Va. Legislative Black Caucus gave $2,500, and the VADPC, a dental association in Richmond, gave $1,500.

Tyler’s husband, Rufus, believes his wife spent less than on previous campaigns.

Last month, Peschke spent $2,987 in newspaper ads with The Tidewater News, Sussex Surry Dispatch, and the Brunswick Times Gazette. He also spent $2,730 on a website, signs and printing.

Tyler paid the House Democratic Caucus $7,250 for a campaign mail-out on Oct. 26. Travel and gas expenses of $1,081were paid to Chase Card Services earlier that month. Yard signage totaling $5,064 was paid in mid-August.

For campaign materials and cards through the campaign, P-Pillar in Emporia has been paid $2,794. An additional $1,1718 came to The Tidewater News for advertising that month. For a website set-up by Jay Osburn, $1,300 was paid.

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus got $6,350 for its annual mail-out to constituents, said Tyler’s husband.

Catering services by Touch of Elegance for a legislative banquet cost $3,012. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus received $1,000 for its annual fee. A file of voters from the Democratic Party of Virginia cost $552.