With two months left before November’s election, candidates for Maryland’s House of Delegates have filed their first of two pre-general campaign finance reports.
District 27C incumbent Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert) has outraised and outspent and has more debt than any other Calvert County candidate for delegate.
Fisher, who is running for his third term, has raised nearly $16,000 for the current reporting period, of which nearly $9,300 were cash donations.
Multiple businesses have donated to Fisher’s re-election effort, to include Philadelphia-based Comcast Corporation PAC ($250) and Curtis Building Co., which made two donations this period in the amount of $1,500 and $500, bringing the total amount donated for this campaign cycle to $3,500.
Owings-based Westminster American insurance company donated $2,500. Huntingtown-based Mark’s Lawn Service donated $300. CalvertHealth Medical Center President and CEO Dean Teague also donated $300 to Fisher.
Fisher’s business, Telecom Capital Group, donated $3,000 on July 31, bringing the total donation from his business this election cycle to $6,650. However, $650 worth of contributions was returned to Telecom Capital mid-August, with Fisher’s campaign treasurer Robert Damalouji citing the aggregate contribution was over the legal contribution amount.
The remaining contributions came by way of ticket purchases, to include $400 in purchases from Realtors Political Action Committee of Maryland.
Fisher had $38,230.29 worth of expenditures, with almost all going to Huntingtown-based KFO Strategies for political consulting fees.
He gave $185 to the Calvert School of Dance in Huntingtown for brochure advertising.
Fisher has nearly $134,000 in outstanding candidate loans, with 14 of the 16 loans from his wife Deena Fisher totaling nearly $129,000. The remaining two loans totaling $5,000 are from the candidate himself.
Fisher had a cash balance of $11,747.99 at the end of the reporting period.
His Democratic challenger, Jason Fowler, has raised nearly $6,000 for this reporting period, with funds ranging from small dollar amounts as low as $1 up to $500.
Dr. Hilary Ginter of Prince Frederick donated $500 to Fowler and John Yoe of Prince Frederick donated $10 this reporting period, bringing his total contribution for this election cycle to $110. Randi Vogt Revocable Trust donated $150 and Cassandra Okwumabua of Huntingtown donated $100.
Fowler garnered some union support to include $500 each from IBEWPAC Educational Fund in Washington as well as International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 10 based in Lanham.
The campaign of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s) donated $500 to Fowler this period, bringing Miller’s campaign’s aggregate total to $2,500 for the campaign cycle. Del. Joseline Pena Melnyk (D-Anne Arundel, Prince George’s) donated $100 to Fowler.
Fowler spent nearly $2,200 on paper advertising and another $1,400 to reimburse himself for the purchase of campaign materials, including car signs and small magnets for handouts.
He also paid $3,500 in expenses for credit card service processing charges, online advertising and bank charges.
Fowler has reported no outstanding candidate loans. He has a cash balance of $16,723.76. John Whitney Fowler is his treasurer.
District 27B incumbent Michael A. Jackson (D-Calvert, Prince George’s) brought in $5,262 for the pre-general reporting campaign finance period of June 11 through Aug. 21.
Jackson garnered more than half from multiple organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 112 in Upper Marlboro. The FOP lodge donated $250 to bring the total thus far for this campaign cycle to $1,250. The former law enforcement official also received $500 from Columbia-based Maryland Association for Justice.
Jackson also drew the financial support of UFCW Local 400 ABC PAC out of Landover and SEIU MD/DC State Council out of Annapolis, garnering $500 and $250 from the unions, respectively. Jackson also received $200 in contributions from the Realtors PAC.
A significant amount of Jackson’s contributions came outside of Calvert County. However, within the county he received donations from notables to include $50 from former Calvert County commissioner Michael Moore (D) and current Commissioner Patrick Nutter (R), who also provided $50.
Jackson confirmed the donation from the sitting Republican commissioner with The Calvert Recorder, noting that the two “have built a great relationship stemming from our public safety background, but grew from honest interactions and genuine conversations regarding the needs of Calvert.”
Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery) donated $250 to Jackson.
Inez Claggett of Owings and school board member Pamela Cousins of Dunkirk donated $100 and $150, respectively, to Jackson’s re-election.
Jackson spent a little more than he brought in for this campaign cycle. His total expenditures were $6,023, with nearly 70 percent of it, roughly $4,200, going toward various campaign-related materials, to include giveaway items, yard signs and brochures.
Nearly $1,500 in expenditures were local, to Mamma Lucia in Dunkirk for a June fundraiser, which Nutter attended, according to Jackson.
Jackson has outstanding obligations in the amount of $201.28 to Target and Maryland’s Department of Planning. He has a cash balance of $45,427.64. Tracy Brown is his campaign treasurer.
Republican challenger Michael Thomas is not far behind the incumbent, raising $5,585 for the period. Former primary Republican challenger Phil Parenti donated $250 toward Thomas’ effort to unseat Jackson.
Thomas received $200 from North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer, bringing the total donations for this campaign cycle from Frazer to $400. Carol LeBlanc of Dowell donated $100.
Teague donated $150 to Thomas, while Our Lady Star of the Sea School educator Todd Levitas of Huntingtown donated $1,000.
Dunkirk-based Old Line Construction donated $2,500 to Thomas’ campaign bid.
Thomas had only $2,100 in expenditures, with $425 going to the Prince George’s County Republican Central Committee, $85 for Facebook advertising and $516 to Huntingtown’s Top Hat Party Design for tents, tables, chairs and more under fundraising expenses.
Thomas had nearly $475 in volunteer-related expenses and $303.36 for a letter folding machine for self-mailings.
He has a little more than $25,000 in outstanding candidate loans he made to himself in June and July 2017.
Thomas has a cash balance of $12,555.11. Annie Thomas is his treasurer.
District 29C incumbent Del. Gerald W.”Jerry” Clark (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) raised nearly $7,200 this reporting period. Clark has widespread support in both Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, to include Hollywood, Great Mills and California, where he will continue to have purview if re-elected. This is Clark’s first campaign cycle for the delegate seat, as he was appointed by the governor to fill the vacancy left by former delegate Tony O’Donnell mid-term.
The campaign of Republican candidate for District 29’s Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) donated $90 to Clark, as well as the campaign for Del. Matt Morgan (R-St. Mary’s), which donated $100.
Nutter also donated $50 to Clark’s re-election bid, along with Southern Maryland Association of Realtors government affairs director Theresa Kuhns.
Businesses also showed their support for Clark. Solomons Island Rib Co. donated $250 and Adams the Place for Ribs in Prince Frederick donated $250. Great Mills Trading Post donated $500.
Calvert County Republican Central Committee President Ella Ennis donated $90, bringing her aggregate total donation to Clark this campaign cycle to $140.
Clark has some union support from MBIA Southern Maryland Builders PAC in the amount of $250 as well as the Dominion political action committee based out of Richmond, Va., in the amount of $500, bringing the Dominion’s PAC’s aggregate total donations to Clark to $2,500 for this campaign cycle.
Clark spent modestly, only shelling out a little over $800, primarily for fundraising expenses for food and beverages. Clark spent $95 on online advertising through Facebook and Constant Contact.
Clark’s campaign treasurer Margaret Clark filed three-plus pages of amendments to adjust a June finance report, which resulted in an increase in total receipts, expenditures and cash balance, as no receipts and expenditures were reported in the prior period.
Clark has a cash balance of $16,329.12 and reports no outstanding obligations or loans.
Clark’s Democratic challenger Julia Nichols raised nearly $1,773 this period, with the majority of her contributions coming from St. Mary’s.
Nichols received a few donations from residents of Calvert. Chesapeake Beach resident Crystal Tracey donated $10, bringing her aggregate total for this campaign cycle to $554.60. Lauren Elyard of Lusby donated $50 for a total of $80.09 and Lila West, also of Lusby, donated $25. Norma Imershein of Solomons contributed $50.
Nichols received $520 from various contributors by way of ticket purchases, as well as an additional $300 from the campaign of Del. Dan Morhaim (D-Baltimore), bringing his campaign’s total contributions to $550.
Nichols spent more than $2,800 this reporting period with the bulk of it going toward printing of campaign materials, to include billboard advertising.
Her campaign reports no outstanding loans and her cash balance is $2,334.20. Her treasurer is Anne Dailey.