Alsobrooks way ahead of the fundraising field in Prince George’s executive race

Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks has a large fundraising lead among Democrats vying to become the next county executive, according to campaign finance reports filed this week. Alsobrooks netted more than $770,000 in donations in 2017, which coupled with her campaign accounts from previous years gives her nearly $1 million in the bank — nearly seven times as much as her nearest competitor. The first campaign finance filing of the 2018 election cycle gives an early, if incomplete, view of fundraising prowess and momentum heading into the June 26 primary. In Prince George’s County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, winning the primary is tantamount to victory in the general election. (Wash. Post)

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Berliner ahead in early fundraising for Montgomery executive, but public financing muddles the numbers

Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) raised far more money last year than those he’s competing with to be the next county executive of Maryland’s most populous county, according to campaign reports filed this week. Sizing up who is viable and who isn’t is somewhat colored this year by the debut of the county’s public-financing system, which has different reporting requirements. Berliner, who is not seeking matching funds, raised more than $550,000 in 2017 and reported a cash balance of $483,000. Roughly a quarter of his 676 total donations were for $1,000 or more, with 28 donors maxing out at the $6,000 limit. (Wash. Post)

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Thanks to personal loan, Vignarajah leads Mosby, Bates in money race for Baltimore state's attorney

Thanks to a $250,000 personal loan, former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah has the most cash on hand in the race for Baltimore state’s attorney. Vignarajah’s $412,000 on hand — which included $175,000 in contributions and the loan he gave his campaign — outpaces incumbent State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and fellow challenger Ivan Bates in the first campaign finance filing of 2018. With five months to go before the June primary election in Baltimore, Mosby reported about $285,000 on hand after raising about $330,000 over the past year. Bates has $184,000 to campaign on after raising $250,000. (Balt. Sun)

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Government shutdown looms as stopgap spending measure appears likely to stall in the Senate

A government shutdown appeared likely after Congress deadlocked over a proposed four-week stopgap spending bill to keep federal offices open past Friday’s deadline. After the House late Thursday passed the measure 230-197 with strong Republican support, the bill was headed for probable defeat in the Senate amid strong opposition from most Democrats and a few Republicans. The Senate adjourned late Thursday without voting. The threat of a shutdown looms large in Maryland, where about 300,000 residents work for the federal government — at the massive Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn, multiple Veterans Administration facilities and agencies ranging from the Department of Defense to the National Institutes of Health. (Balt. Sun)

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Rep. Anthony Brown repays old $500,000 loan from labor union

After more than three years, Rep. Anthony G. Brown has paid back the $500,000 loan he borrowed from a labor union in the final weeks of his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2014. Campaign finance reports show that Brown, who now represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, raised more than $314,000 in his state campaign account in 2017 and used that money to help make $320,000 in outstanding payments in the loan. He now has $990 left in his state campaign account. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan takes on redistricting — again

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Thursday that he has signed on to an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will decide whether partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. The court announced last month that it would hear the case, Benisek v. Lamone, a challenge from a group of Maryland Republicans who argue that the Democrats violated their rights when they drew the lines for the 6th Congressional District in Western Maryland after the 2010 census. “I fully and proudly stand with the people of Maryland in supporting this case and supporting redistricting reforms at every level all across the country,” Hogan said in announcing that he would join the amicus brief filed by former governor Gray Davis, a Democrat. (Wash. Post)

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Half-Dozen Candidates for Council At Large Have Raised at Least $ 100,000, Reports Show

With a little more than five months to go until the June 26 primary, a half-dozen Democratic contenders in the crowded race for County Council at large have amassed campaign treasuries exceeding six figures—with a seventh candidate not far behind, according to reports filed with the Maryland Board of Elections. By the same token, the latest reports—which were due Wednesday at midnight and cover the past year—show about one-third of the 27 Democrats who have filed to compete for four at-large nominations are lagging far behind the leading fundraisers. It raises the question of whether some of these candidates will qualify for the county’s new public funding system, or raise enough donations privately to be competitive. (Bethesda)

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Shea contributes $534K to own campaign for governor

Several Democratic candidates are putting their own finances on the line in the race for Maryland governor — but no one more than lawyer Jim Shea. A review of Shea’s first campaign finance report shows he has made more than $534,000 in contributions to his campaign, including $400,000 given right before the filing deadline this month — a move that helped put him near the top of the cash race in the Democratic primary. He was second in cash on hand in the crowded Democratic field of hopefuls who want to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November. (Balt. Sun)

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