Blair spending big, but Berliner has most cash on hand in Montgomery County executive race

Potomac businessman David Blair is pouring his own money into his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County executive and aggressively spending it. Since March, the multimillionaire Democrat and former executive of a prescription drug contracting company has loaned his campaign $1.6 million, which he has used to bolster his account after spending $1.7 million on his campaign from mid-January through May 15. (Bethesda)

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Gardner, Afzali lead fundraising in Frederick County executive race as council candidates increase coffers

Delegate Kathy Afzali continues to maintain the largest bankroll among Frederick County executive candidates, but current County Executive Jan Gardner (D) has raised more money thus far. Afzali (R-District 4) received more than $30,000 in the period between Jan. 11 and May 15, and currently holds a cash balance of more than $111,000. Afzali carries a $20,000 balance from a loan she made to her own campaign last year. (News-Post)

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Friedson maintains fundraising lead in race for Bethesda-based District 1 County Council seat

Andrew Friedson, a former adviser to state Comptroller Peter Franchot, has maintained his fundraising lead in the District 1 Montgomery County Council race and has more than double the campaign cash of his closest competitor, according to financial disclosure reports. Friedson reported having $245,300 in cash on hand in the latest campaign finance report filed with the state Board of Elections by the deadline Tuesday night. (Bethesda)

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Edwards steps up fundraising, but Alsobrooks has far more cash in Prince George’s race

Prince George’s County executive candidate Angela Alsobrooks has four times as much to spend in the weeks before the Democratic primary as her main rival, Donna F. Edwards, according to campaign finance reports. Alsobrooks, who is completing her second term as state’s attorney, raised $296,239 from Jan. 11 through May 15 and has $848,325 in the bank. (Wash. Post)

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Bates outpaces Mosby in the money race for state’s attorney

Ivan J. Bates is dominating the fundraising circuit and monopolizing media buys as the Baltimore state’s attorney race enters its final month before the Democratic Party primary. Bates has raised three times more money than incumbent Marilyn Mosby since mid-January, according to just-released campaign records, and spent eight times more on TV and radio advertising than Mosby and candidate Thiru Vignarajah combined. (Brew)

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Republicans clash over investigation of Anne Arundel prosecutor's top aide

An investigation into a top aide to the Anne Arundel County state’s attorney is bleeding into the Republican primary, with the prosecutor and his opponent on the ballot next month as well as the sheriff all trading accusations. Meeting Tuesday with the Capital Gazette Editorial Board, State’s Attorney Wes Adams and former assistant prosecutor Kathy Rogers each pointed to the political ramifications of Sheriff Ron Bateman’s months-long surveillance of political consultant Lawrence Scott. (Capital)

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MoCo exec race: Elrich deals with socialist label in meet-up with Blair

The moderator of a Democratic breakfast club may have been joking when she said Montgomery County county executive candidate Marc Elrich had a poster of Che Guevara, a Cuban Marxist revolutionary leader, hanging in his County Council office. But it didn’t stop Susan Heltemes from asking the candidate to respond to the perception that some or many in Montgomery County view County Councilmember Marc Elrich as a socialist. (Md. Reporter)

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May 23 // Democrat Krish Vignarajah says it's time for a woman to be Maryland's governor

At a recent forum in Baltimore, Krish Vignarajah was the last Democratic candidate for governor to step onto the stage. By then, it was already crammed with men. The scene demonstrated why Vignarajah, a lawyer and former policy director for Michelle Obama, jumped into the crowded race to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan — even though she has never run for office and had a baby just three months before launching her bid. (Balt. Sun)

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