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Mizeur Brings in More Than $350K, Outraises Harris in New Campaign Finance Reports

Former state delegate Heather Mizeur (D) is running for Congress in Maryland’s 1st District. Campaign photo.

In Maryland’s 1st congressional district, Democratic contender Heather R. Mizeur continued to outpace incumbent Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R) fundraising.

Mizeur raised more than $357,000 since April 1, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

That’s nearly double the $185,795 Harris raised during the quarter.

Since entering the race in January, Mizeur has raised $717,445, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Harris has raised $425,122 so far this cycle.

But Harris, Maryland’s lone congressional Republican, maintains a large bank account as he seeks his seventh term in the House of Representatives. As of June 30, he retained more than $1.29 million cash on hand.

Mizeur, a former state delegate who has cited Harris’ response to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as influencing her decision to enter the race, reported $560,533.31 cash on hand as of June 30.

In a Thursday release, Mizeur’s campaign said that 87% of her donations from the second quarter of 2021 were from individuals who gave $100 or less.

Mizeur has racked up endorsements from a variety of current and former lawmakers — including former 1st District Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, whom Harris ousted in the 2008 Republican primary.

“Our campaign is showing the strength of a grassroots, people-powered movement,” Mizeur said in the release.

Harris previously called Mizeur a “prolific fundraiser” in a campaign fundraising letter after her strong first quarter earnings.

My Democrat opponent Heather Mizeur outraised me by $100,000 in the last quarter,” the outside of the envelope read, “Now Democrats are trying to redraw my congressional district to defeat me. If I don’t do this, Maryland will lose its only Republican Congressman.”

Harris has handily won reelection bids since he was first elected in 2010. Earlier this year, he withdrew a prior campaign pledge to serve no more than 12 years in the U.S. House.

R. David Harden, a foreign policy strategist, is also seeking the Democratic nomination in the district. He raised $122,865 in the quarter, according to his campaign filing.

After $22,338 in expenses, including for online ads, the campaign retains more than $100,000 cash on hand.

Mia Mason (D), a veteran who challenged Harris in 2020, posted a video to Facebook on Thursday announcing that she’s dropping out of the race, citing a desire to focus on her family and health.

In the six-minute video, Mason, who worked at a mass vaccination site during the pandemic, urged followers to get vaccinated and said she would post a series of videos encouraging others to seek elective office.

Jennifer Pingley, an Upper Shore resident and registered nurse, filed a notice with the FEC indicating the campaign has raised and spent less than $5,000 so far.

Danielle E. Gaines contributed to this report. 

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