Anthony Brown’s haul tops latest fundraising span
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).