With two open House seats in suburban Maryland, Democratic candidates are spending hundreds of thousands — and in some cases millions — of dollars to win votes in Tuesday’s primary.
Incumbent Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen are competing for an open Senate seat , leaving the 4th and 8th Congressional Districts with free-for-all Democratic primaries that have attracted a mix of well-known Maryland politicians and outside candidates.
The candidates with the most name recognition are not necessarily the ones putting up the most money in the 4th and 8th Congressional Districts
In District 4, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who ran for governor two years ago, is the best known of the six Democratic candidates seeking to replace Edwards.
But he lags behind former Prince George’s County prosector Glenn Ivey and state Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk in fundraising. As of April 6, the end of the most recent campaign finance reporting period, Brown had raised $618,000 compared to Ivey’s $1 million and Peña-Melnyk’s $799,000.
But Brown hasn’t let his fundraising disadvantage hamper his campaign spending. He had spent $786,000 as of April 6, having lent his campaign nearly $400,000 to make up for the shortfall. By comparison, Ivey had spent $670,000 and Peña-Melnyk had spent $537,000 as of April 6.
The 4th District covers most of central Prince George’s County, takes in a sliver of the county bordering Montgomery and then moves east into Anne Arundel County, mostly the rural and suburban areas outside of Annapolis.
Warren Christopher, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and former chief of staff at the Department of Interior, raised $173,000 and spent $71,000. Matthew Fogg, a former deputy U.S. Marshal, and Terrence Strait, an Army veteran and former Census Bureau statistician, haven’t raised or spent much money.
The spending in the 8th District race, where nine Democratic candidates are running to replace Van Hollen, blows District 4 out of the water.
Wine retailer David Trone had spent $9 million, mostly his own money , as of April 6. While his competitors’ spending lags far behind, a few still put up significant totals. Kathleen Matthews, a former TV reporter and Marriott executive who is married to MSNBC host Chris Matthews, spent $2.1 million as of April 6 and state Sen. Jamie Raskin spent $1.2 million.
Since Trone has financed his own campaign, Matthews and Raskin maintain an advantage in donations with $2.1 million and $1.9 million raised, respectively.
District 8 includes parts of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties. Other candidates have put up respectable amounts of money for a congressional race, just not enough to keep up with the anticipated favorites.
- State Del. Kumar Barve raised $606,000 and spent $541,000
- Will Jawando, a former Obama administration official, raised $478,000 and spent $392,000
- Joel Rubin, a former congressional aide and federal government worker, raised $263,000 and spent $212,000
- State Del. Ana Sol-Gutiérrez raised $169,000 and spent $64,000
- David Anderson, former professor and political commentator, raised $69,000 and spent $103,000.
- Outsider candidate Dan Bolling did not report any campaign finance activity.