Money Matters

At least one Democratic gubernatorial candidate crossed the million dollar threshold in money raised for the past year.

Alec Ross, an author and former Hillary Clinton innovation adviser, announced via Twitter on Wednesday night that he had raised just over $1 million for his campaign.

“I’m humbled by and grateful for the support we’ve received from folks,” Ross wrote. “Thank you all.”

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Alec Ross

The fundraising period for the past year just ended on Wednesday. Candidates must publicly report their contributions and expenditures next week.

Daniel Ensign, a spokesman for Ross, said Wednesday night that the campaign was still tallying its cash on hand. He said Ross wrote the campaign a $2,000 check last summer but that all the other money raised was from donors.

Next week’s campaign finance reports could reorder the Democratic race, depending on how certain contenders do. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is expected to show a huge haul.

Party time in Annapolis

Wednesday’s start of the General Assembly session brought with it at least five receptions that lawmakers could attend, sponsored by big-time Annapolis lobbying firms.

Traveling around State Circle Wednesday, legislators could hit receptions sponsored by Alexander & Cleaver; Rifkin Weiner Livingston; Pica and Associates; and the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association, the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association, and the Licensed Beverage Distributors of Maryland Inc. Lobbyist J. Steven Wise of the licensed beverage association was listed as the contact for the event.

Around the corner on Main Street, the city’s top-earning lobbyist, Gerard E. Evans, was hosting a reception at the Red Red Wine Bar.

Red Red Wine Bar will be the site of another reception for legislators on Thursday, this one sponsored by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Maryland, through its lobbyist, Bryson F. Popham.

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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