Collins, Ash­burn cam­paigns at­tract most con­tri­bu­tions

Bowl­ing’s war chest still largest of dis­trict can­di­dates

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By PAUL LAGASSE pla­gasse@somd­

Can­di­dates for the Charles County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ramped up their cam­paign fundrais­ing dra­mat­i­cally be­tween mid-Au­gust and mid-Oc­to­ber in the fi­nal run-up to the Nov. 6 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to fi­nan­cial state­ments filed by the can­di­dates’ cam­paigns.

Be­tween Aug. 22 and Oct. 21, Demo­cratic can­di­date for county com­mis­sion­ers’ pres­i­dent Reuben B. Collins II raised just un­der $21,000 from nearly 90 in­di­vid­ual and cor­po­rate donors.

The largest sin­gle con­trib­u­tors to Collins’ cam­paign dur­ing the two-month re­port­ing pe­riod were the In­ter­na­tional Brother­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers’ po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee ed­u­ca­tional fund, in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and G.S. Proc­tor & As­so­ciates Inc., a lob­by­ing and con­sult­ing firm in Prince Ge­orge’s County. Both con­trib­uted $2,000.

Collins’ other ma­jor donors in­clude Chaney En­ter­prises of Gam­brills and L. Gor­don Croft, a phi­lan­thropist and Rux­ton res­i­dent who has en­dowed schol­ar­ships for Charles County Pub­lic Schools.

The cam­paign’s ex­penses in­clude $3,000 in con­sult­ing fees and over $2,300 for fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

In the June pri­mary, Collins de­feated in­cum­bent Peter F. Mur­phy (D) and for­mer Cham­ber of Com­merce Mil­i­tary Al­liance Coun­cil pres­i­dent Brian Klaas, win­ning 43.3 per­cent of the Demo­cratic vote.

Chris Dud­ley, Green Party can­di­date for com­mis­sion­ers’ pres­i­dent, is fund­ing his cam­paign largely through a $6,000 loan that his cam­paign took out in mid-Septem­ber. His cam­paign has re­ceived $320 in con­tri­bu­tions from four donors, one of whom is Dud­ley him­self.

Af­ter the pri­mary, Collins’ Repub­li­can chal­lenger Henry Thomp­son filed an af­fi­davit declar­ing that he did not in­tend to re­ceive or spend more than $1,000 cu­mu­la­tively dur­ing his cam­paigns. Be­cause of that, Thomp­son did not have to pro­vide the State Board of Elec­tions with an item­ized list of con­tri­bu­tions or ex­penses.

Four of the 11 can­di­dates for com­mis­sioner filed sim­i­lar af­fi­davits, called an Af­fi­davit of Lim­ited Con­tri­bu­tions and Ex­pen­di­tures, or ALCE, for the Au­gust-Oc­to­ber re­port­ing pe­riod.

As he did at the end of Au­gust, Dis­trict 1 can­di­date Gil­bert “B.J.” Bowl­ing has the most avail­able funds of any can­di­date for dis­trict com­mis­sioner, with a cash bal­ance of a lit­tle over $9,400.

Con­tri­bu­tions to Bowl­ing’s cam­paign from 19 donors, rang­ing from two elec­tronic fund trans­fers of $0.10 from the Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake to $2,000 from Jane Croft of Rux­ton, to­taled $4,461,17.

Other con­trib­u­tors to Bowl­ing’s cam­paign in­clude G.S. Proc­tor & As­so­ciates, Klaas, transit ad­vo­cate Gary Hodge and Demo­cratic state se­nate nom­i­nee Arthur El­lis.

The Bowl­ing cam­paign also re­ceived a $500 con­tri­bu­tion from the Friends of Mac Mid­dle­ton, the cam­paign fi­nance en­tity for Sen. Thomas M. “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles), whom El­lis beat in the June pri­mary.

Most of Bowl­ing’s ex­penses have been for fundrais­ing events and meet­ings.

Bowl­ing’s two chal­lengers for Dis­trict 1 com­mis­sioner, Repub­li­can Joe Craw­ford and Demo­cratic write-in can­di­date Donta Var­ney, each filed an ALCE for the Au­gust-Oc­to­ber re­port­ing pe­riod.

In the race for Dis­trict 2 com­mis­sioner, the cam­paign of Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Thomasina “Sina” Coates re­ported that it had raised no ad­di­tional cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions in the re­port­ing pe­riod.

The Coates cam­paign’s ex­penses to­taled $274 for a web­site and for tick­ets and an ad­ver­tise­ment for an event at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more.

Coates’ chal­lenger, Green Party nom­i­nee Stan­ley Hayes, filed an ALCE.

Dis­trict 3 Com­mis­sioner Amanda Stewart (D), who is run­ning for re-elec­tion, is the only com­mis­sioner can­di­date who is un­op­posed in this year’s elec­tion.

As of Oct. 22, Stewart had re­ceived two do­na­tions to­tal­ing $150, one from the Mary­land State Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fund for Chil­dren and Pub­lic Ed­u­ca­tion and one from Hugh­esville res­i­dent Mar­garet Carter.

Stewart’s cam­paign has taken out over $7,300 in loans since Au­gust.

Dis­trict 4 Repub­li­can can­di­date James Ash­burn took out a loan of $13,145.55 to fund his fi­nal sprint to Elec­tion Day, while in­cum­bent Bobby Rucci (D) raised $4,500.

How­ever, heavy spend­ing by the Ash­burn cam­paign dur­ing that same pe­riod has left the cash bal­ances of both cam­paigns rel­a­tively neckand-neck. Rucci re­ported $4,851.88 in his war chest as of last week, while Ash­burn had $4,222.50.

Rucci re­ceived a $2,500 con­tri­bu­tion from La Plata res­i­dent John Maine and a $1,000 gift from Adam Henderson of Port To­bacco. Rucci’s other con­tri­bu­tions were from Bobby Ma­gruder Pro­duc­tions of Wal­dorf, the Charles County Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion and the Re­al­tors PAC of An­napo­lis.


Above, from left, Demo­cratic can­di­date for Charles County com­mis­sion­ers’ pres­i­dent Reuben B. Collins II, Repub­li­can can­di­date for Dis­trict 4 com­mis­sioner James Ash­burn and Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for Dis­trict 1 com­mis­sioner Gil­bert “B.J.” Bowl­ing.

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