Mayor's fund-raiser targets businesses

November 15, 1990|By Michael A. Fletcher | Michael A. Fletcher,Evening Sun Staff

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who since 1987 has raised $770,375 to fuel his political apparatus, is planning yet another event: a $500-a-ticket fund-raiser aimed at his supporters in the business community.

The affair, scheduled for Nov. 27 at the Omni International Hotel, is the latest in a series of fund-raisers for Schmoke in preparation for the 1991 mayoral campaign.

"We plan to continue the fund-raising effort with a range of events," said Larry Gibson, Schmoke's campaign chairman.

Gibson said the affair will attract mainly members of the city's business community, many members of which have been generous in the mayor's past fund-raising efforts.

Gibson would not say how much money the Schmoke campaign expects to raise at the event. "I'll just say that we're appreciative for every dollar we can raise," he said.

More than 2,500 people attended Schmoke's last large fund-raiser, a $20-a-head picnic-style event at the B & O Railroad Museum last summer. And there have been other events, ranging from a mammoth Convention Center event in the spring of 1989 to a series of small affairs at night spots around the city earlier this year.

In all, Schmoke had raised $770,375 by the Oct. 26 election-report deadline. And, while he has spent much of that money on continuing political expenses and supporting other candidates, Schmoke reported having $229,632 left on hand.

"This is a continuation of Mayor Schmoke's fund-raising approach, which has been to have broad-based financial support," Gibson said.

He pointed out that Schmoke set a Baltimore record in his 1987 campaign by attracting donations from 8,200 people -- more than double the previous record. Schmoke has attracted 3,500 separate donations to his 1991 campaign, and, so far, there is not even a viable opponent in sight.

Former Mayor Clarence H. Du Burns has privately told some supporters he plans to run for mayor, but he is still saddled by debt from his last campaign. Register of Wills Mary W. Conaway and Northwestern Senior High School principal Boyse Mosley have also expressed interest in running for mayor, but neither has made any further moves.

But Gibson, perhaps taking a cue from the recent upsets of popular incumbents in Baltimore and Howard counties, said the campaign is working hard.

"We are going about things exactly as we had before," Gibson said. "We will be prepared for an early challenger or one who emerges late."

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