Category Archives: UMW in the News

Individuals, Not Big Corporations, Top List of Political Donors (WVTF)

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says wealthy Democrats are emerging as a new force. “When you look at the individual recipients of funds you can see that some top donors are very interested in liberal Democrats," Farnsworth says. "They are looking to see the Democratic Party reshaped in a more liberal direction.”

Individuals, Not Big Corporations, Top List of Political Donors (WVTF)

Progressive Democrats in Virginia hope small dollar donations can sway more voters (Washington Post)

But the small donations human-rights attorney Yasmine Taeb has collected for her June 11 Democratic primary election against Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw of Fairfax show the greatest potential benefits of that type of fundraising, said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

Progressive Democrats in Virginia hope small dollar donations can sway more voters (The Washington Post)

Presidential hopeful O’Rourke brings campaign to Fredericksburg (Free Lance-Star)

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, said O’Rourke’s visit was as much about Virginia elections as his presidential campaign.

“Virginia Democrats can stand a little help right now,” he said, citing the controversies involving the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. “Beto can generate enthusiasm and money in a way the governor can’t right now.”

Presidential hopeful O’Rourke brings campaign to Fredericksburg (Free Lance-Star)

New Analysis Catalogs the Wealth of Virginia Lawmakers (WVTF)

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says members of the General Assembly are not ordinary people. “It’s not a legislature that looks like Virginia in part because it’s not designed to be a legislature that looks like Virginia. You put the income of your lawmakers up against the income and assets of ordinary Virginians and you see a huge difference,” Farnsworth notes.

New Analysis Catalogs the Wealth of Virginia Lawmakers (WVTF)