Can­di­dates open their books once again

Bai­ley, Mor­gan spend and col­lect most among Se­nate, House hope­fuls

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JAC­QUI ATKIELSKI jatkiel­ski@somd­news.com

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

PAC.

Dem - ocrat Rober t a

“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.

Brewer

Loker

Bai­ley

Mor­gan

Crosby

Clark

Ni­chols

Rey

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