In Baltimore City Council Race, Muller Paz Reports Another Large Haul Of Donations

Baltimore City Hall. File photo.

Franca Muller Paz, the Green Party candidate making a run for a city council seat in one of Baltimore’s only competitive races on this year’s General Election ballot, raised more in the past two months than Democratic incumbent Robert Stokes Sr. has during his entire term.

At Friday’s campaign finance deadline, the last until after Election Day, Muller Paz reported $67,504.12 raised between Aug. 19 and Oct. 18. Her campaign retained more than $53,000 in the bank.

Muller Paz’s haul includes more than 1,000 donations from individual contributors, totaling $56,979.92. During the reporting period, she also received $4,000 from the city, state and national Green Party accounts, and $5,000 from The Leadership for Educational Equity Maryland PAC.

In the past two months, Muller Paz has spent more than $18,000 for staff and consulting expenses, more than $11,000 for printed brochures, more than $3,300 for yard signs, $1,200 for phone banking and robo calls, and about $700 for advertising on Facebook.

Stokes, who has run a lackluster campaign by typical campaign finance measures, raised $0 during the period and spent $28.55, mostly on bank charges. He retains $6,310.17 in the bank.

Since the start of the campaign cycle, Stokes has raised a total of $66,120, much of it in 2019. Since she launched her bid in July, Muller Paz has raised $116,293.42.

Mayoral candidates report

Also on Friday, Council President and Democratic mayoral candidate Brandon M. Scott reported $231,276 in new donations since August, including more than $211,526 from individual donors. He enters the final weeks of the campaign with more than $239,000 cash on hand.

Businessman Robert Wallace, who is running as an independent, reported $307,377 in donations. He spent more than $411,503 during the reporting period, his campaign buoyed by more than $343,000 in outstanding loans made by himself and his wife.

Since mid-August, Wallace has spent more than $290,000 on advertising, more than $160,850 on television alone.

Scott reported $150,586 in expenses during the same time frame, including about $100,000 on television advertising. His campaign received a small boost by a $2,250 transfer from fellow city council member and comptroller candidate Bill Henry’s campaign.

Earlier this week, Scott named members of his would-be transition team, while Wallace released internal polling figures showing a tightening race.

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Danielle E. Gaines
Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.