Two GOP Challengers to Virginia Rep. Nye Are Big Self-Funders

Posted October 15, 2009 at 3:18pm

Virginia Republicans Ben Loyola and Scott Rigell, who are challenging first-term Democratic Rep. Glenn Nye in the 2nd District, have invested substantial personal resources into their campaigns.

Loyola, a businessman, loaned his campaign $500,000 in this year’s third quarter, according to a report his campaign filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Loyola’s loan comprised more than 90 percent of the $548,000 in total receipts he reported for the three-month period that began July 1 and ended Sept. 30.

Rigell, who owns car dealerships, gave personal loans or contributions to his campaign totaling $226,000, or almost exactly half of the $453,000 in total receipts. He relied more than Loyola on contributions from individual donors.