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The 2014 gubernatorial primary election races for the Maryland legislature involved a wide spectrum of campaign spending.
At its highest is Senate District 27 incumbent Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Prince George’s) with a current cash balance of $578,007.40. On the far end are three candidates who have filed affidavits stating they have not spent or raised more than $1,000 on their campaigns — including Miller’s Republican competitor, Jesse Peed.
While the competition heats up in races such as Senate District 29 and House District 27C, two candidates in the newly redistricted House District 27B, which covers Calvert and Prince George’s counties, have yet to begin their efforts, signing affidavits of limited spending.
Maryland Senate District 27
Miller had a prior fund balance of $644,637.06 before the reporting period from Jan. 9 to May 20. During this period, Miller’s campaign committee reported an additional $5,516.16 in revenue and $62,880.21 in expenses. With a fund balance remaining at the end of the May 20 reporting period of $587,273.01, Miller received $15,854.26 between May 21 and June 8 and incurred $25,119.87, leaving him with a balance of $578,007.40. Contributions included $1,000 from the Marijuana Policy Project, $2,000 from Bloomin’ Brands Inc. PAC and $1,000 from Friends of Patrick Hogan.
Running against Miller, Peed signed an affidavit dated May 26 that he did not intend to spend or raise more than $1,000 for his campaign.
Senate District 29
In his bid for a sixth term in the Maryland Senate, the campaign committee of Roy Dyson (D-St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles) listed having a prior balance of $48,460 before the start of this year’s four-month pre-primary reporting period ending May 20 and that it received $1,625 during the prior period. The two largest contributions in this period, of $500 each, were from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees chapter on the lower Eastern Shore and a transfer from the political action committee of the United Food and Commercial Workers local representing members in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee.
During the shorter and more recent period, Dyson added $250 from the United Transportation Union PAC to his previous fund balance of $48,435.77 and spent $80 during the period ending June 8.
Three Republican candidates vying for the nomination to challenge Dyson in the fall election in District 29 include St. Mary’s County Commissioner Larry Jarboe, whose campaign committee filed an affidavit dated June 13 stating it does not intend to receive contributions or incur expenditures totaling more than $1,000 and that its last campaign finance report was filed in 2010.
The committee for St. Mary’s County Commissioner Cindy Jones, who was also a candidate in the District 29 senate primary, added $858 to a prior cash balance of $5,140 and spent $5,843.21 in the period ending May 20. In the most recent period, Jones added $500 to her cash balance of $155.79 in the prior period and spent $573.87, leaving her with a cash balance of $81.92.
Steve Waugh of Lusby, Dyson’s opponent in the 2010 election and winner of last week’s primary, had a prior cash balance of $15,472 going into the reporting period ending May 20, according to his committee’s filing, adding $3,095, including $500 from Wayne M. Davis of Leonardtown and a $1,500 in-kind contribution of the use of Vera’s Beach Club in Lusby. Waugh did not incur any expenses or donations during the reporting period ending June 8.
House District 27C
Incumbent Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert) entered the most recent reporting period with a cash balance of $31,846.38. During the period, which ended June 8, Fisher gained $47,107.19 and spent $6,779.76 with a total cash balance of $72,173.81.
The increase in funds was due in part to $27,571.00 in contributions from individuals and corporations, $4,050 in contributions from political action committees and $14,815 in ticket sales. Fisher also raised a total of $320 in donations from the campaign committee of Cindy Jones, the campaign committee of Calvert County Commissioners’ President Pat Nutter (R) and the campaign committee for Bill Phalen for Calvert County Board of Education.
In the period ending May 20, Fisher began with a cash balance of $26,409.51, raised $16,725.83 and spent $11,288.96.
Challenging Fisher, Democratic candidate and former delegate Sue Kullen added $31,605.00 to her prior cash balance of $15,608.26 she had incurred before the start of Jan. 9 through May 20 reporting period, which included a $6,000 contribution by SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. During that period, Kullen spent $13,579.00.
During the most recent reporting period, Kullen added $9,370.00 and spent $4,517.66, leaving her with a balance of $38,486.60 for the period ending June 8.
House District 29C
Incumbent Del. Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-St. Mary’s, Calvert) had a past cash balance of $5,287 for his campaign for re-election in District 29C during the reporting period ending May 20, his committee’s report states, before recently adding $635 in receipts during the four-month period.
In the most recent period ending June 8, O’Donnell added $10,340.18 to his existing cash balance of $3,432. After spending $1,596.63, O’Donnell has a cash balance of $12,175.55. Contributions included ones from Joe Chenelly (R), Calvert County Board of Education member who lost for county commissioner in the primary; Jones (R), current St. Mary’s County commissioner who lost in the primary for Maryland Senate District 29; and Chris Chaffee (R), Republican candidate for the House of Representatives District 5.
Len Zuza, O’Donnell’s Democratic opponent, listed a prior cash balance of $4,690 in a campaign committee report for the period ending May 20 stating that it has garnered $1,535 since then in new receipts. More recent data was not available.
House District 27B
Running to represent northern Calvert, Michael A. Jackson added $850 to a prior cash balance of $17,250 during the reporting period ending May 20. During this period, Jackson spent $3,231.39, leaving him with a cash balance of $14,868.61 to start the most recent reporting period. During the period from May 21 to June 8, he added an additional $6,000 and spent $5,256.14, leaving his cash balance at $15,612.47.
Challenging Jackson for the Democratic seat in the primary, LaRhonda Owens raised $5,105 during the period ending May 20 and spent $782.00, leaving her with a cash balance of $853 at the beginning of the most recent reporting period, as she began the period in January with a negative balance. During the most recent period, Owens did not raise or spend any money.
Democratic candidate Jacqueline Steele McCall signed an affidavit dated June 13 stating she had not raised or spent more than $1,000 on her campaign. Republican candidate Toni Jarboe-Duley also signed an affidavit, dated June 5, stating she had not raised or spent more than $1,000.
Challenging Jarboe-Duley for the Republican seat in the primary, Philip Parenti added $900 to a prior fund balance of $2,590.70 during the period ending May 20. Parenti spent $551.02, leaving him with a cash balance of $2,939.68 to start the most recent reporting period.
In the period ending June 8, Parenti raised $200 and spent $1,064.38, leaving him with a cash balance of $2,075.30. Contributions throughout the two periods included a self-loan of $2,500.
Staff writer John Wharton contributed to this report.