Mc­Carthy’s fundrais­ing tops Tome in stretch

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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