McCarthy’s fundraising tops Tome in stretch
— With Election Day now just six days away, Republican Alan McCarthy continues to outpace his Democratic opponent, Wayne Tome, in fundraising for the race for county executive.
Tome filed his first campaign finance report showing income during the last period, which covered Aug. 24 to Oct. 23, while McCarthy continued to raise fourfigure sums with the help of fundraisers attended by supporters.
The latest reports show that McCarthy, the current vice president of the Cecil County Council, had $5,462 on hand to spend in the remaining days of the campaign while Tome, the current mayor of Port Deposit, had just $724 after expenses.
So far, McCarthy has personally raised $23,640 and spent nearly $21,250 in this campaign cycle alone. He survived a four-candidate Republican primary while Tome was uncontested on the April ticket.
The latest reports also shed light upon the thirdparty involvement of political action committees, political clubs and local party committees in the county’s highest race, which only push McCarthy’s advantage farther.
McCarthy’s chief thirdparty support comes from
the Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government political action committee, a group of mostly Republican business owners who organized in 2011 in reaction to the former Board of County Commissioners’ decision to not sell of a majority of the county’s sewer plants to Artesian, a private company. An endorsement from the committee is considered a boon for the chosen candidate, because it has since backed eight consecutive winning campaigns in the county.
In the primary period, the PAC spent nearly $10,000 on mailers that supported McCarthy’s bid for the Republican nomination. In the general election campaign, the PAC has pulled in almost $18,000 from more than five dozen different donors, spending $10,000 on more mailers and a fundraising dinner for McCarthy.
On the other hand, Tome’s primary third-party support comes from the Cecil County Democratic Club, which contributed $1,200 to his campaign. The Cecil County Democratic Central Wayne Tome, the Democratic candidate for county executive, has just $724 left as the campaign comes to a close.
Committee, the prime organizer for party efforts in the county, carried a meager $600 into the reporting period and didn’t raise any new funds. It’s spent $113 on prepaid phones for Election Day calls to encourage voting.
Meanwhile, the Cecil County Republican Central Committee has not seen fit to financially back McCarthy’s campaign so far, choosing instead to send more than $3,750 to statewide races and local candidates who will face election Alan McCarthy, the Republican candidate for county executive, continues to lead the fundraising race.
in 2018, including Sheriff Scott Adams, delegates Kevin Hornberger, Steve Arentz, Jeff Ghrist and Jay Jacobs, and State Sen. Steve Hershey. It retained more than $10,000 in its fund as of the reporting deadline.
McCarthy’s personal donations in the period were primarily small totals coming from his Oct. 9 pig roast fundraiser. The single largest donation — $1,000 — came from prominent Philadelphia lobbyist Sean Reilly, who has no apparent ties to Cecil County and rarely do- nates to candidates in Maryland.
He also gave McCarthy $1,000 early in his campaign — and, true to many lobbyists, has spread donations across both parties since, giving $5,400 to Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign and $1,000 to Donald Trump’s Republican campaign.
Reilly’s $2,000 total donation in the election cycle ties him with Prince George’s County developer Kenneth Michael as McCarthy’s largest donors.
In the Aug. 24 to Oct. 23 period, McCarthy has spent more than $9,100 on newspaper advertisements (including in the Whig), giveaway items, billboards, mailers and fundraising events.
Meanwhile, Tome raised $2,980 in contributions primarily from a few dozen smaller donations. His largest donors to date are Linda and Dave Read, owners of Tome’s Landing Marina in Port Deposit, who have contributed a total of $750.
Tome has spent more than $5,100 on newspaper advertisements (including in the Whig), giveaway items, billboards, mailers and fundraising events.
Elsewhere on Cecil County’s local ballot, the 2016 campaign is relatively quiet. Both county council races reported no important fundraising or expenses as Republicans Bob Meffley and Jackie Gregory face no opposition in the Nov. 8 election. The District 2 school board race, which only lists Jim Fazzino on ballots after he and Erin Doordan defeated Ron Lobos in the primary and she subsequently dropped out of the race, has reported no important fundraising or expenses.
The only other contested race is between incumbent Cecil County Board of Education member William Manlove and newcomer Kevin Emmerich in District 1.
Manlove reported that he has not raised or spent more than $1,000 on the race so far, while Emmerich has raised more than $1,300, primarily from a more than $1,200 donation from Cecil County Sharpshooters, a sport shooting enthusiast group. Emmerich has spent $735 on yard signs and stickers in his bid as a conservative voice for school board.