UPDATE: The Bruce Shuttleworth campaign describes campaign donations from 17 attorneys at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro as "more personal than political." Shuttleworth's wife works for the firm, according to a campaign spokesman.
The campaign describes the In 1990, Congressman Jim Moran beat Republican Stanford Parris to take over Northern Virginia's 8th District.
Twenty-two years later, the law firm that employed Parris—Dickstein Shapiro with headquarters in Washington, D.C.—is one of the most generous donors to Democratic newcomer Bruce Shuttleworth, who is challenging Moran in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
In all, 17 attorneys from the law firm, including chairman Michael Nannes, have donated a total of $6,700 in campaign funds to Shuttleworth, a first-time politico. Not all of the attorneys live in the 8th District—donors are also from Annapolis, Potomac, Bethesda and Palm Beach, Fla.
Parris represented the 8th District for six terms in Congress before then-Alexandria Mayor Moran defeated him in a tight race in 1990, with Moran winning the seat with 51.7 percent of the vote and Parris garnering 44.6 percent of the vote. Independent candidate Robert T. Murphy took 3.5 percent of the vote.
Parris served as of counsel for the Dickstein Shapiro firm for 14 years from 1996 until his death at age 80 two years ago.
Shuttleworth's total donations as of May 23 are $128,553, according to the Federal Election Commission. Of that, $50,000 or nearly 40 percent, is from the candidate himself.
Moran's donations total $720,925. FEC records show that no one from Dickstein Shapiro has donated to the Moran campaign.
Dickstein Shapiro was one of the top contributors to Sen. Mark Warner's 2008 Senate campaign, contributing nearly $30,000, according to FEC records.