Klacik nets $6.4M af­ter Trump shares vi­ral ad

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Jeff Barker Jac­ques Kelly

Kimberly Klacik, the Bal­ti­more-area con­gres­sional can­di­date who has been pro­moted on so­cial me­dia by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his sup­port­ers, re­ported rais­ing $6.4 mil­lion in three months — a huge haul for a Repub­li­can in a Demo­cratic-dom­i­nated district.

Klacik, who ap­peared dur­ing the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Au­gust fol­low­ing the re­lease of a widely viewed cam­paign ad, raised $6,445,451 from July 1 through Sept. 30, ac­cord­ing to her re­port filed Thurs­day night with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

She has raised more in the two-year con­gres­sional cam­paign cy­cle than all but about a dozen cur­rent U.S. House mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by the Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics, a watch­dog group.

Most of her con­tri­bu­tions came from out­side Mary­land.

“I think we’ve been for­tu­nate with that vi­ral cam­paign ad that started the whole thing,” Klacik said Fri­day in a phone in­ter­view from Ari­zona where she is tak­ing part in ral­lies with con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates and sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing Don­ald Trump Jr., the pres­i­dent’s son.

Her con­trib­u­tors dur­ing the three-month pe­riod in­cluded Mary­land Repub­li­can Party Chair Dirk Haire ($2,800); Dana F. White, pres­i­dent of the Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship ($2,800); and at­tor­ney John Dowd, who has rep­re­sented Pres­i­dent Trump and led a gam­bling in­ves­ti­ga­tion of for­mer base­ball icon Pete Rose ($1,000).

So much money came in, Klacik said, “I’m pretty sure we’ll end with money in the bank. We def­i­nitely wouldn’t be spend­ing it all on

this run.”

Com­mit­tees can save ex­tra money af­ter elec­tions for fu­ture cam­paigns or give it to po­lit­i­cal par­ties, other can­di­dates or char­i­ties.

Klacik’s 7th Con­gres­sional District op­po­nent, Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, re­ported rais­ing $184,349 dur­ing the same fundrais­ing quar­ter.

He said in a state­ment Fri­day that Klacik is try­ing to buy the elec­tion.

“This con­gres­sional seat be­longs to the peo­ple of Bal­ti­more City, Bal­ti­more County and Howard County,” Mfume said. “Don­ald Trump and Kim Klacik can­not buy it. They should take their money and greed some­where else, be­cause we are not for sale. Not now, not ever.”

Klacik re­ported hav­ing $3.6 mil­lion in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. Mfume’s re­port said he had $269,342. The dead­line for the re­ports was mid­night Thurs­day.

More than two-thirds of Mfume’s cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions came from po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Postal Work­ers Union Com­mit­tee ($1,500), the AFLAC PAC ($1,000), and the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus PAC ($5,000). His cam­paign also re­ceived $2,000 from the elec­tion com­mit­tee of House Ma­jor­ity Leader Steny Hoyer, the Demo­crat from South­ern Mary­land.

Klacik re­ceived con­tri­bu­tions from the Lin­coln County Repub­li­can Party in Ten­nessee ($999) and the Huck­PAC ($5,000), which was founded by for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mike Huck­abee.

Klacik’s over­all fundrais­ing to­tal amounts to “a lot for a cy­cle, es­pe­cially for a Repub­li­can in such a blue district,” said Bren­dan Quinn, the Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics’ out­reach man­ager.

The can­di­dates rais­ing the most money na­tion­ally are “typ­i­cally mem­bers of lead­er­ship, or peo­ple with re­ally high pub­lic pro­files, or peo­ple who are run­ning against peo­ple with high pub­lic pro­files,” Quinn said.

The cen­ter’s top fundrais­ers’ list for the pe­riod from Jan­uary 2019 through last Septem­ber is headed by Repub­li­can Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the mi­nor­ity whip ($25.8 mil­lion); Mi­nor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy of Cal­i­for­nia ($16.6 mil­lion); for­mer In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee Chair­man Devin Nunes, who is also a Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can ($16.3 mil­lion); and Demo­cratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia ($14.2 mil­lion).

Klacik doc­u­mented $2.9 mil­lion in spend­ing dur­ing the pe­riod cov­ered by the re­port. Her big­gest ex­pen­di­tures were for on­line ad­ver­tis­ing and mail­ers, and she spent $25,000 on an in­ter­nal poll at the end of Septem­ber, her re­port said.

Her elec­tion com­mit­tee also re­ported trans­fer­ring $5,600 on Sept. 3 to the con­gres­sional cam­paign of Repub­li­can state Sen. Johnny Ray Salling. He is chal­leng­ing Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Rup­pers­berger in the 2nd Con­gres­sional District in the Nov. 3 elec­tion.

The 7th Con­gres­sional District — which in­cludes por­tions of Bal­ti­more City and the coun­ties of Bal­ti­more and Howard — is one of the state’s most Demo­cratic con­gres­sional dis­tricts, with Democrats hold­ing a 4-1 voter regis­tra­tion ad­van­tage.

Klacik lives in Mid­dle River, which is not in the 7th District, but has pledged to move to the district if elected.

She has touted her ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for her non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, which helps dis­ad­van­taged women.

In her Aug. 24 Repub­li­can con­ven­tion video, Klacik urged Repub­li­cans not to give up on run­ning in cities that are Demo­cratic stronghold­s.

Her ap­pear­ance came af­ter a cam­paign video in which she walked along Bal­ti­more streets full of va­cant homes and as­serted that Demo­cratic politi­cians have done noth­ing good for Bal­ti­more and other cities. The ad res­onated with Trump, who shared it with his tens of mil­lions of Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

Mfume, 71, over­whelm­ingly de­feated Klacik, 38, in an April elec­tion to fill the re­main­der of the term of his late friend, Eli­jah Cum­mings. The Novem­ber elec­tion is for a new, two-year term be­gin­ning in Jan­uary.

Jac­ques Kelly has the day off.


Bal­ti­more-area con­gres­sional can­di­date Kimberly Klacik re­ported rais­ing $6.4 mil­lion in three months.

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