An­thony Brown’s haul tops lat­est fundrais­ing span

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY ARELIS R. HERNÁN­DEZ AND FENIT NIRAPPIL arelis.her­nan­dez@wash­post.com fenit.nirappil@wash­post.com

In the third quar­ter of 2015, former Mary­land lieu­tenant gover­nor An­thony G. Brown out­raised two of his strong­est ri­vals in the Demo­cratic pri­mary race to suc­ceed U.S. Rep. Donna F. Ed­wards (D-Md.) — but he still lags be­hind both in to­tal fundrais­ing.

From late June through Septem­ber, Brown demon­strated new mo­men­tum af­ter be­ing out­per­formed in the pre­vi­ous two fundrais­ing pe­ri­ods. He raised $180,000, end­ing with $250,000 cash on hand.

Brown — who ran for gover­nor in 2014 but lost to Repub­li­can Larry Ho­gan — still has much less cash avail­able than Glenn F. Ivey, the former Prince Ge­orge’s County state’s at­tor­ney, and Del. Jose­line A. Peña-Mel­nyk, both of whom ex­pe­ri­enced a slow­down in con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing the third quar­ter.

In a state­ment, Brown said he was “con­fi­dent that the mo­men­tum will re­main with us as we look ahead to vic­tory in April.”

Ivey raised $130,000 in the third quar­ter, bring­ing his over­all to­tal to $520,000. With six months left be­fore the April 26 pri­mary, he has $391,000 cash on hand.

Peña-Mel­nyk said her cam­paign raised $139,000 in the third quar­ter, mostly through small­dol­lar do­na­tions. That pushed her elec­tion to­tal to $364,000, with $305,000 cash on hand.

The fourth-high­est fundraiser was Del. Dereck E. Davis (DPrince Ge­orge’s), whose cam­paign said he brought in $125,000 dur­ing the third quar­ter and has more than $200,000 avail­able.

The other can­di­dates in the crowded race to rep­re­sent the heav­ily Demo­cratic 4th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict each raised less than $30,000 from donors in the lat­est quar­ter.

They in­clude mil­i­tary vet­eran War­ren Christo­pher; gov­ern­ment con­sul­tant Lisa Ran­som; Ter­ence Strait, a self-de­scribed demo­cratic so­cial­ist; Howard Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Alvin Thorn­ton; and Ingrid Turner, a former Prince Ge­orge’s County Coun­cil mem­ber.

Christo­pher took in the most money of the lesser-known can­di­dates in the third quar­ter — $23,000 from out­side donors and $28,000 from his own pocket.

Thorn­ton raised nearly $10,000 and has $1,000 left.

Turner re­ported a to­tal of $135,000 cash on hand but also has $120,000 in debt.

Strait gave him­self $7,000 for his cam­paign.

Ran­som filed a re­port with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion that ter­mi­nated her cam­paign com­mit­tee, an in­di­ca­tion that she is drop­ping out of the race.

Ed­wards has held the con­gres­sional seat since 2008. It will be va­cant af­ter 2016 be­cause Ed­wards is run­ning to suc­ceed re­tir­ing Sen. Bar­bara A. Mikul­ski (D).

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