Hogan Pens Email Appeal for RGA, Raises Money at Break-Neck Pace

As he touts his bipartisan credentials, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has signed a fundraising appeal for the Republican Governors Association that implores readers to support the RGA to ensure that Republicans keep winning “in blue states like Maryland.”

Last week’s email solicitation, the text of which you’ll find below, comes as Hogan has at least a dozen fundraising events of his own scheduled for the fall – as well as appearances on tap at a handful of other fundraising events that will indirectly benefit his campaign.

The list of fall Hogan fundraisers, according to a calendar obtained by Maryland Matters, begin and end in Baltimore but take place throughout the state. They begin Friday morning with an event at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore co-hosted by tech executive Mike Geppi and securities lawyer Abba Poliakoff. Ticket prices begin at $1,000.

Other highlights include a $2,000-a-plate dinner at the Hedgerow Farm in Clarksville on Oct. 5; a $500-a-ticket Maryland manufacturers’ event for Hogan at Martin’s West in Woodlawn on Oct. 6; a $1,000-a-couple evening at the Tashiding Estate in Cockeysville, owned by industrialist Douglas Hamilton Jr., on Oct. 21; and the governor’s annual gala at the Baltimore Hilton on Dec. 7.

In addition, Hogan will appear at a fundraiser on his behalf hosted by the Washington County and Frederick County Republican Central Committees on Saturday; the Sept. 23 bull roast for State Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, who is expected to announce his candidacy for Baltimore County executive – which should help Hogan in the general election if Redmer is the GOP nominee; an Oct. 3 river cruise to benefit state House Republicans; and a Nov. 2 fundraiser for Hogan at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, sponsored by the Montgomery County GOP Central Committee.

Hogan’s email for the RGA, which was heralded with the subject line, “We Need to Keep Our Nationwide Majority,” reads as follows:

Friend,

As Republicans, we’ve made great progress nationwide. Over the past year, we expanded our majority to 34 Republican governors, a record high. All across America, Republican governors are implementing innovative ideas, lowering taxes, creating more job opportunities and achieving meaningful reform.

Democrats are chomping at the bit to take back power though. And they are targeting state houses because they know that’s where real change takes place. We can’t let them succeed. 

Will you donate to the National Republican Governors Association today? Without this organization, it would be impossible for Republicans like myself to be elected in deep blue states like Maryland. Contribute now and help us protect the historic majority we’ve all worked so hard to create.

Thank you,
Governor Larry Hogan – MD

Josh Kurtz
Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.

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