Lierman Laps Comptroller Field in Fundraising; Frosh Banks $205K for Possible Reelection

Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City). Photo by Danielle E. Gaines.

Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City), who promised to be an aggressive campaigner and fundraiser when she launched her 2022 bid to become state comptroller, banked almost $600,000 for her statewide run ― a far greater number than any of the other potential candidates for the job.

Lierman, who officially launched her bid for the presumed vacancy in December, raised $407,916 over the past year, according to her annual campaign finance report, which was released Wednesday. Lierman reported $588,292 in her campaign account as of Jan. 13.

The campaign reported more than 1,000 donations since January 2020 ― and they came from all 24 Maryland jurisdictions.

“At a time when Maryland is facing unprecedented challenges, this broad support is a testament to the grassroots energy this campaign has generated across the state due to Brooke’s inclusive vision for Maryland families and small businesses,” said Candace Dodson-Reed, the
campaign treasurer.

With four-term Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) gearing up to run for governor in 2022, Lierman is the first declared candidate to replace him. But that won’t be the case for long: Bowie Mayor Timothy J. Adams (D) has created an exploratory committee and is expected to formally enter the race soon.

Adams, a wealthy government contractor, recently seeded his campaign with $200,000 from his own pocket, and he reported $253,129 on hand. A Lierman-Adams race for comptroller could prove to be an expensive affair.

But they may not be the only contenders in the race. At least four other Democrats are mentioned as possible candidates for comptroller, and their latest fundraising reports are also in.

State Sen. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) reported $346,319 on hand after raising $132,251 over the past year; state Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s) reporting raising $47,851 since last January and finishing the reporting period with $207,180 in the bank.

Montgomery County Councilman Tom Hucker (D) reported $175,196 in his campaign account after raising $58,478 in the past year; House Environment and Transportation Committee Chairman Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) raised $63,755 in the last year and reported $169,297 on hand.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), who has not yet said whether he plans to seek a third term in 2022, reported having $205,092 in his campaign account after raising $82,098 in the past year. Frosh has never been a particularly vigorous fundraiser, so his campaign finance report doesn’t offer many clues about his plans for this election cycle.

At least five Democrats are seen as possible candidates to replace Frosh if he decides to retire next year: Del. Erek L. Barron (Prince George’s), Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke H. Clippinger (Baltimore City), Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chairman William C. Smith Jr. (Montgomery).

Barron reported $138,611 on hand as of Jan. 13; Smith’s war chest stood at $122,803; and Clippinger had $105,893. Mosby and Braveboy’s reports had not been posted on the State Board of Elections website as of 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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