Paul Milde, a controversial fringe Republican running to represent Virginia’s 28th district in the House of Delegates, appears to be attempting to buy the seat for himself after records indicate only 2% of his donations come from individuals other than himself.

According to an American Ledger review, Milde, who was once convicted of cocaine possession with intent to distribute, and pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to an attempted burglary, has funded the remaining 98% of his campaign contributions from his own bank account.

Between January 2018 and May 2019, Milde reported a total fundraising haul of $384,264.26, with just $7,711 — 2% of his total contributions — coming from donations made by other people. In total, Milde has loaned over $375,000 to his campaign from his own wallet. In May 2019 alone, the Va. Republican donated a hefty $150,000 towards his own election effort.

The Stafford Republican is likely self-financing his campaign out of necessity. His extreme and potentially damaging positions on numerous issues fall far out of line with the values of mainstream Virginia voters and likely alienate many potential donors. According to his website, Milde has vowed, if elected, to ban abortions as early as one month, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and reverse Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

“Through reversing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, Paul Milde hopes to create a better healthcare system making healthcare more affordable, saving taxpayers billions of dollars and cutting funding for abortion providers,” reads Milde’s campaign website.

Milde is running to represent the Va. House of Delegates 28th District in the general election this fall, after narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Bob Thomas in the Republican primary on June 11, 2019.

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