Candidates open their books once again
Bailey, Morgan spend and collect most among Senate, House hopefuls
Newcomer Republican Jack Bailey and Del. Matt Morgan (R-St. Mary’s) continue to outpace their opponents and other local state office candidates for spending and collecting money, according to the latest campaign finance reports due last Friday. Many of the Republican candidates received funding from political action committees like The Wills Group and Dominion PAC.
Bailey, running for state Senate, pulled in another $20,605 in contributions as well as $4,825 in ticket purchases from fundraiser events. He reported a balance of $27,719.51 for the reporting period from Aug. 22 through Oct. 21.
He also received a total of $3,200 from political action groups representing
organizations like The Wills Group, the Southern Maryland Builders PAC of Maryland Building Industry, Realtors PAC Md., Bankers PAC, the Association of Maryland Pilots Political Action Committee and Dominion PAC. Bailey reportedly spent about $16,000 on printing and campaign materials, direct mailing and other expenses.
Bailey said Monday that he felt the number of donations collected reflects “the level of support from the community.” He said all of the donations, from individuals and organizations, represents “St. Mary’s and Calvert counties and their interests.”
Bailey’s top donations for this reporting period include $3,000 from Charles L. Mattingly of Abell, $2,000 from Chaney Enterprises of Gambrills, $1,500 from Gary L. Magnum of Stevensville. Other donations reported range from $25 to $1,000. He also transferred a total $495 to Republican candidates like Morgan as well as St. Mary’s commissioners Mike Hewitt and John O’Connor, and others.
Thomas Brewer, the Democratic candidate for state Senate, reported a balance of $10,946.36 and collected $9,659.15 in contributions. He spent about $3,814 on printing and campaign materials.
Brewer’s top contributions include $5,000 from Paul Mahon of Silver Spring, as well as $1,000 each from Virginia Arndt of Solomons and Pat McKenney of Drayden. Other donations range from $20 to $500. He also donated $40 to Democrat Faye Wheeler, who is running for clerk of circuit court.
Brewer said Monday that he wasn’t going to take money from businesses or PACs during his campaign. He said not taking the funding from
large organizations or businesses
“exposes what’s wrong with politics right now” and the potential influence of businesses who may be “controlling who is getting elected.”
Delegates running high-dollar races
Reporting a balance of $31,516.49, Morgan collected $23,200 during this reporting period and spent more than $63,000 on campaign media materials, fundraising expens-
es and fund transfers to other candidates and political groups.
The majority of Morgan’s individual contributions range from $20 to $500, with Jon Gray of Bryantown donating $500. Tickets purchased for Morgan’s fundraising events include $1,000 each from Anderson Engineering & Design LCC of Lexington Park and Laurel Creek LLC of Mechanicsville, which were sponsors for his events.
Morgan collected a total of $9,325 from the same
PACs that donated to
Bailey and others. Morgan reportedly spent $500 on stamps. He said Monday about his campaign war chest that “people like what I’m selling” and support his campaign. About the stamps, he said that he needed to “run out and buy more” for the absentee ballots he sends to people who request them. Morgan also received a contribution
from the Dominion
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“Robbie” Loker, r unning against Morgan for the northern St. Mary’s delegate seat, has a cash balance of $9,674.08 and collected $15,340 in contributions. The report states she spent over $9,100 on media and campaign materials. “For a first-time candidate, I’m satisfied with what I have,” she said.
Her top contributions for the reporting period were $3,500 each from John Felicitas of Leonardtown and Christine Wray of Leonardtown, with the rest of the contributions ranging from $25 to $500.
With a cash balance of $6,503.69, Del. Deb Rey (R-St. Mary’s) collected $15,220 in contributions along with $1,550 in ticket purchases and $4,000 from various state PACs. She also reported in-kind donations valued at $17,966, from auction items to fundraising materials and more.
Rey’s top contributions for this reporting period include $3,000 from John Yearick of Drayden and $1,200 from Cynthia Salvo of St. Inigoes. Other contributions ranged from $5 to $500. Of the $4,000 she collected from state PACs, she echoed Morgan and said “they like what I stand for” and they believe “I can help their members.”
Democrat Brian Crosby, Rey’s opponent in southern St. Mary’s, had $33,541 in contributions this reporting period and spent $28,000 on direct mailing advertisements and over $6,000 on other media and print advertisements. He has a balance of $8,885.38.
Crosby said the direct mailing is part of a “comprehensive plan” to reach voters. “I’ve got a serious game plan [and it’s] paying dividends” with the amount of registrations and Republican voters reportedly donating to his campaign.
Rey said she thought Crosby’s direct mail approach is “turning people off” from his campaign.
Direct mailings have been sent on Rey’s behalf, though, by other group’s supporting her re-election.
Top contributions for Crosby include $5,000 from 21165 Medical Development LLC of Lexington Park, $2,000 each from SEIU MD/DC
State Council in Annapolis and
David Trone of Potomac, who is the Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District.
Crosby said Tuesday the majority of his donations are from the district, while some were from “army buddies and family.” The majority of contributions range from $24 to $500. Crosby also transferred $1,100 to three state campaigns.
He reported $3,650 for in-kind donations like auction items and more and had a donation from the Maryland State Education Association.
Del. Gerald “Jerry” Clark (RSt. Mary’s, Calvert) reported having a balance of $14,768 for the reporting period, having collected over $8,200 in contributions and spent about $6,000 on printed campaign materials and another $2,124 in other expenditures.
Clark’s top contributions for the reporting period include $1,000 each from from the Dominion Political Action Committee, the Republican Women Leaders of Calvert and Donald Creasy of Clayton, N.C. The other contributions range from $100 to $500. He also received $100 from the Republican Women of Calvert County of Huntingtown, and $1,000 from Dominion PAC. Clark said the organization agrees with his conser vative “political philosophy … or obviously they wouldn’t have sent the money.”
Democrat Julia Nichols, Clark’s opponent, has a balance of $4,503.42. She collected $5,407 in contributions and spent $1,270 on various media advertisements. Her top contribution was $1,000 from Pat McKenney of Drayden, while the rest of the donations ranged from $10 to $400. Nichols said “we’re working on a grassroots campaign effort” and she didn’t take any PAC money other than from the $400 from MSEA this reporting period.