How Are Vulnerable State Senators Doing? Check Out Their Fundraising Here

Significant change is coming to the state Senate in 2019, and the latest fundraising numbers confirm that. Here is a snapshot of fundraising in 17 competitive state Senate races across the state, compiled from reports that were due at the Maryland State Board of Elections Tuesday. Incumbent lawmakers were prohibited from raising money during the three-month General Assembly session, which ran from mid-January to mid-April. But what’s noteworthy is that some legislators – even some who are vulnerable – did not aggressively resume fundraising once the session ended. Most of the fundraising figures included here include campaign finance activity from mid-January to mid-May, though in a couple of cases, the candidates had to file financial reports in April.  Democratic incumbents targeted in primaries: District 10 – Baltimore County Attorney Robert E. Johnson is running an aggressive challenge to six-term Sen. Delores B. Kelley, but she has a significant fundraising edge. Rob JohnsonPrior $13,446Total Receipts $13,600Total Expenditures $6,773Cash Balance $20,272 Delores KelleyPrior $67,987Total Receipts $7,185Total Expenditures $11,631Cash Balance $63,540 District 23 – Prince George’s County Senate Majority Leader Douglas J.J. Peters has been a fundraising machine, taking in more than a quarter million dollars for his reelection. But Timothy Adams, a wealthy government contractor, has matched him every step of the way, thanks to $300,000 in loans from his own pocket. Tim AdamsPrior $112,833Total Receipts $175,687Total Expenditures $142,392Cash Balance $146,128 Douglas PetersPrior $228,013Total Receipts $40,600Total Expenditures $135,013Cash Balance $133,600 District 40 – Baltimore City In this generational battle, first-term Del. Antonio L. Hayes continues to outpace appointed Sen. Barbara A. Robinson on the fundraising front, though she had more money in the bank as of mid-May, thanks to a $23,000 loan – bringing her self-funding total for the cycle to $43,000. Antonio HayesPrior Balance $113,725Total Receipts $22,125Total Expenditures $79,251Cash Balance $56,599 Barbara RobinsonPrior Balance $62,760Total Receipts $32,925Total Expenditures $28,386Cash Balance $67,299 District 41 – Baltimore City Ex-Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks (D) has pleaded guilty to corruption charges and is likely headed to federal prison. But while he has not campaigned actively since resigning from the Senate this spring, his name remains on the ballot for his old seat. Also running are Sen. Jill P. Carter (D), who was just appointed to the job, and educator J.D. Merrill, son-in-law of former Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D). Carter’s campaign finance report had not been submitted as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. Nathaniel OaksPrior $104,515Total Receipts $0.00Total Expenditures $805Cash Balance $103,709.88 Jill CarterPrior Balance $1,839Total Receipts: N/ATotal Expenditures: N/ACash Balance: N/A J.D. MerrillPrior $60,656Total Receipts $122,703Total Expenditures $68,147Cash Balance $115,212  District 43 – Baltimore City This grudge match between Del. Mary L. Washington and Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Chairwoman Joan Carter Conway features two well-funded incumbents, though Conway had the cash-on-hand advantage as of mid-May. Mary WashingtonPrior $94,048Total Receipts $37,966Total Expenditures $37,960Cash Balance $94,054 Joan Carter ConwayPrior $195,433Total Receipts $20,500Total Expenditures $57,107Cash Balance $158,825 District 44 – Baltimore County and City If union organizer Aletheia McCaskill is to oust Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, it won’t be because of her fundraising prowess. On the other hand, Nathan-Pulliam took in exactly zero since mid-January. Aletheia McCaskillPrior $7,051Total Receipts $8,606Total Expenditures $5,081Cash Balance $10,575 Shirley Nathan-PulliamPrior $44,033Total Receipts $0.00Total Expenditures $7,644Cash Balance $36,388 District 45 – Baltimore City Endangered Senate President Pro Tem Nathaniel J. McFadden picked up the pace on the fundraising front compared to previous reporting periods, but first-term Del. Cory V. McCray still has a lot more money in the bank for the home stretch. McFadden recently loaned his campaign $5,500. Cory McCrayPrior $127,539Total Receipts $8,410Total Expenditures $64,984Cash Balance $70,965 Nathaniel McFaddenPrior $31,292Total Receipts $26,535Total Expenditures $42,780Cash Balance $15,047 Republican incumbent targeted in the primary: District 29 – St. Mary’s County Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) has expressed his displeasure with the first-term incumbent senator, Stephen M. Waugh, and endorsed his challenger, former Maryland Natural Resources police officer Jack Bailey. The result has been a financial windfall for Bailey, and the two candidates were close in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period. Jack BaileyPrior $102Total Receipts $43,395Total Expenditures $11,369Cash Balance $32,128 Steve WaughPrior Balance $39,271Total Receipts $685Total Expenditures $11,831Cash Balance $28,124 Democratic seats that Republicans are targeting in the general election: 3rd District – Frederick County Although other candidates are running, including Frederick County Commissioner Billy Shreve (R) and former Frederick Mayor Jennifer P. Dougherty (D), this almost certainly will be a fall showdown between state Sen. Ronald N. Young (D), a veteran officeholder, and businessman Craig Giangrande (R), who owns Burger King franchises. Giangrande has loaned his campaign $56,500 so far. Ron YoungPrior $74,430Total Receipts $5,745Total Expenditures $13,519Cash Balance $66,655 Craig GiangrandePrior $100,133Total Receipts $5,790Total Expenditures $4,729Cash Balance $101,193 District 8 – Baltimore County This is one of the marquee Senate contests of the cycle. Sen. Katherine Klausmeier (D) has a significant cash advantage over Del. Christian J. Miele (R), though she reported raising no money after mid-January. Katherine KlausmeierPrior $196,979Total Receipts $0.00Total Expenditures $4,198Cash Balance $192,780 Christian MielePrior $86,452Total Receipts $17,047Total Expenditures $16,919Cash Balance $86,579 District 30 – Anne Arundel County Republicans have high hopes of flipping the seat of retiring Sen. John C. Astle (D), and their candidate, former Del. Ronald A. George (R), has a significant cash advantage. However, there is a lot of Democratic energy in the district, and his victory is not a foregone conclusion. Democratic activist Sarah Elfreth has picked up her fundraising pace considerably and is racking up big endorsements. But her nomination isn’t a sure thing: She faces a primary against business consultant and health care activist Chrissy Holt. Sarah ElfrethPrior $50,718Total Receipts $40,924Total Expenditures $6,226Cash Balance $85,415 Chrissy Holt (since April)Prior $19,609Total Receipts $4,045Total Expenditures $3,494Cash Balance $20,160 Ron GeorgePrior $179,762Total Receipts $14,320Total Expenditures $15,140Cash Balance $178,941 District 32 – Anne Arundel County In the race to replace retiring Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. (D), Del. Pamela G. Beidle (D) has a huge financial advantage over Anne Arundel County Councilman John J. Grasso (R). Pamela BeidlePrior $101,220Total Receipts $6,035Total Expenditures $13,044Cash Balance $94,211 John GrassoPrior $9,323Total Receipts $14,025Total Expenditures $0.00Cash Balance $23,348  District 38 – Lower Shore Another marquee race and top Republican target, with Sen. James N. Mathias (D) trying to fend off Del. Mary Beth Carozza (R). James MathiasPrior $249,849Total Receipts $9,725Total Expenditures $30,390Cash Balance $229,184 Mary Beth CarozzaPrior $113,623Total Receipts $5,535Total Expenditures $9,510Cash Balance $109,647 District 42 – Baltimore County With Sen. James Brochin (D) running for county executive, Del. Christopher R. West (R), who loaned his campaign $200,000 earlier in the cycle, is favored to win his seat. The Democratic candidates are housing activist Gretchen Maneval and Baltimore County Democratic Chairman Robert Leonard. Robbie LeonardPrior $12,920Total Receipts $11,141Total Expenditures $9,735Cash Balance $14,326 Gretchen ManevalPrior $82,033Total Receipts $11,623Total Expenditures $15,423Cash Balance $78,232 Chris WestPrior $243,635Total Receipts $0.00Total Expenditures $26,548Cash Balance $217,086 Competitive open-seat Democratic primaries: District 12 – Howard and Baltimore counties The late decision by Senate Budget and Taxation Chairman Edward J. Kasemeyer (D) to retire set up a vigorous primary between first-term Del. Clarence K. Lam and term-limited Howard County Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty. Both have been raising money aggressively, though Lam had the cash advantage in mid-May. Clarence LamPrior $83,084Total Receipts $33,605Total Expenditures $46,500Cash Balance $70,189 Mary Kay SigatyPrior $27,263Total Receipts $55,598Total Expenditures $27,456Cash Balance $55,406 District 18 – Montgomery County A high-dollar affair featuring three-term Del. Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher, physician and political activist Dana Beyer, and business owner and activist Michelle Carhart. Dana BeyerPrior $114,524Total Receipts $59,656Total Expenditures $155,450Cash Balance $18,730 Michelle CarhartPrior $6,550Total Receipts $675Total Expenditures $109Cash Balance $7,116 Jeff WaldstreicherPrior $285,102Total Receipts $2,072Total Expenditures $62,176Cash Balance $224,998 District 25 – Prince George’s County With Sen. Ulysses S. Currie (D) retiring, a three-way race is under way featuring Del. Angela M. Angel, former Del. Melony G. Griffith, and veterinarian Jonathan Rosero, who has been stoking his bid with $140,000 in loans. Angel’s campaign finance statement had not been submitted as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. Angela AngelPrior: $38,409Total Receipts: N/ATotal Expenditures: N/ACash Balance: N/A Melony GriffithPrior $51,835Total Receipts $21,875Total Expenditures $31,426Cash Balance $42,284 Jonathan RoseroPrior $93,102Total Receipts $40,000Total Expenditures $24,610Cash Balance $108,492 [email protected]

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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