Chelsea Manning's Reported Campaign Contributions From Maryland: Zero

Chelsea E. Manning, the former soldier and well-known leaker of classified government documents, reported zero contributions from Maryland on the first campaign finance statement of her U.S. Senate bid. Manning, who is waging a longshot campaign to oust Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin in the June 26 Democratic primary, reported $72,000 in contributions between Jan. 1 and March 31, including $3,000 from musician Laurie Anderson. But not a single listed donor came from Maryland. This doesn’t mean that Manning received no contributions from Maryland – but if she did receive any they didn’t reach the $250 threshold requiring public disclosure for federal campaign contributions.  Chelsea Manning  Many of Manning’s contributions were from lawyers or people working in the tech industry. Manning spent $48,000 on the campaign in the first quarter of the year and finished with $24,000 on hand. Cardin, by contrast, raised $336,000 in the first quarter, spent $168,000 and banked more than $2.6 million.

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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