Donald Sussman

Major Mystery Donor Reveals Why He Backed Donna Edwards
Donald Sussman spends $2.1 million on behalf Maryland Senate hopeful

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md. speaks at a forum in Gwynn Oak, Md. on April 9. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In just the past two years, Donald Sussman has donated $100,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, $2.15 million to the House Majority PAC, and $2.5 million to Priorities USA Action, the trio of outside groups that make up the bulwark of the Democratic Party’s super PAC spending.  

And yet of late, Sussman’s most notable — and controversial — contributions are in Maryland’s Democratic primary for Senate. The mega-donor has spent $2.1 million on behalf of Rep. Donna Edwards, a Washington-area congresswoman who is locked in a tight battle against Rep. Chris Van Hollen. In a state that traditionally turns a deep shade of blue in presidential elections, the winner of the primary will almost certainly replace the retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.