With early voting underway and just 11 days until the vote count begins, candidates for state and local office are filing their final reports on how they fared in fundraising ahead of the July 19 primary election.
Most of Maryland’s statewide elected seats are up for grabs in 2022 as Gov. Larry Hogan reaches his two-term limit, Comptroller Peter Franchot is trying for the governor’s mansion and Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is retiring after a 35-year political career.
Including Franchot, nine Democrats are vying for the top spot when the November general election begins. Polls show the race is tight, a three-way race between Franchot, an author and former nonprofit leader Wes Moore and former Secretary of the US Department of Labor Tom Perezwith a considerable number of undecided voters.
Moore, who has consistently been the top fundraiser in the area, reported raising $591,000 and spending $1.9 million between June 8 and July 3, the last day included in the filing period, according to reports from him and his Vice President, former state Del. Aruna Miller. Between their three campaign committees, they had $810,000 in the bank just over two weeks before the first day.
As of the last campaign finance reporting deadline on June 7, Franchot and his running mate, former Prince George’s County Councilwoman Monique Anderson-Walker, had raised $260,000, spent $1.3 million and had $629,000 left over.
Perez and his choice for lieutenant governor, former Baltimore Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, reported a total of $645,000 Friday, after raising $447,000 and spending $979,000 during that period, according to their reports.
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For all races, new campaign finance reports were due by 11:59pm on Friday. Here’s where things stood as of 9 p.m.:
Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s campaign reported that he had $550,000 left after reporting about $1 million on hand in June, which was mostly due to donations he made himself. It raised $58,000 and spent $579,000 in the last period.
Former Clinton White House official Jon Baron’s the campaign reported $337,000 after having about $1.6 million last month, also primarily due to self-funding. He raised $16,861 and spent about $1.3 million in the roughly four weeks since the deadline.
Democrats Ralph Jaffe, Ashwani Jain, John B. King and Jerome Segal he didn’t hand it in until 9 p.m
Of the four Republican candidates, a former member of Hogan’s government Kelly Schulz and the state of Del. Dan Cox | are the focus of their party’s gubernatorial nomination. Only Schulz reported his new consumption numbers by 9 p.m
Schultz, who is backed by Hogan, and her vice president, Jeff Wolford, had about $734,000, according to their July returns — about the same as a month earlier. During that time, they raised $208,500 and spent $260,000.
Republicans Robin Fucker and Joe Werner he didn’t hand it in until 9 p.m
Congressman Anthony Brown and a former judge of the District Court of the City of Baltimore Katie Curran O’Malley they are going head-to-head in the statewide race to replace Frosh, who has served as Maryland’s attorney general for the past two terms.
Brown served as lieutenant governor when Curran O’Malley’s husband, Gov. Martin O’Malley, entered his second term.
New reports from Curran O’Malley show $205,000 on hand compared to $634,000 a month ago. Brown has $361,000 on hand. It has spent $878,000 since filing its June report.
Republican candidates Jim Shalleck and Michael Anthony Peroutka had $2,102 and $27,390, respectively.
In June, Baltimore City Del. Brooke E. Lierman best bowie mayor Tim Adams in fundraising in the race to be the next state comptroller.
The comptroller supervises the collection of state income tax; it imposes state taxes on gasoline, alcohol and tobacco, and has a seat on the powerful, three-member Maryland Board of Public Works, which approves major state contracts.
Whoever wins the Democratic primary race will face Harford County’s Republican executive in November Barry Glassmanwhich is now undisputed.
Lierman reported last month that she had $385,000 left of her $1.5 million in cash.
Adams reported $585,000 on hand, a decrease of $381,000 from the June report.
President and CEO of a technical support company that provides services to the Department of Defense, Adams loaned his campaign $3.3 million.
One of the most competitive races to watch this election season is the city’s local state’s attorney race.
Debtor, Marilyn Mosby, has been embroiled in controversy after being indicted by a federal grand jury this year. She is charged with two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements on a Florida real estate loan application.
In addition, Mosby was in the spotlight for her conduct while prosecuting Keith Davis Jr. for the sixth time.
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Late last month, a judge ruled there was a “presumption of vindictiveness” based on Mosby’s decision to charge Davis with murder after winning the fifth case. She also violated a gag order that prohibits her from discussing the case publicly. Davis’ lawyers argued she violated the order again this week by commenting on an Instagram post.
Still, Mosby has strong support as he seeks re-election for a third term. Her opponents split the vote against her last time.
She is facing a private attorney John J. Bateswho has $258,000 after raising $454,000, and Thiru Vignarajahattorney and CEO of the community development finance firm, Capital Plus Financial, to win the Democratic nomination.
Neither Mosby nor Vignarajah had reported new numbers by 9 p.m
The winner of the July 19 primary is likely to meet Roy M Hannwho is running as an independent.