McMillen tops Gilchrest's fund-raising efforts nearly sixfold

July 29, 1992|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom McMillen, a Maryland Democrat pitched into a new congressional district with Republican Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, recently raised nearly six times as much money as his opponent, according to federal records.

The five-term Crofton Democrat collected $285,046 in contributions from individuals and special interests between April 1 and June 30, compared with $51,342 raised by Mr. Gilchrest, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

There is an even greater disparity in cash reserves. Mr. Gilchrest, a freshman lawmaker, has $20,207 in his campaign war chest and Mr. McMillen has $430,935.

The McMillen campaign expects to spend more than $600,000 on the race in the new 1st District -- forged last fall during congressional redistricting -- that stretches from Curtis Bay in Baltimore to Crisfield on the lowest reaches of the Eastern Shore, a spokesman for Mr. McMillen said.

The bulk of the new district, about 343,000 residents of 597,000, is on the Shore. Mr. McMillen currently represents the 4th District, which includes Anne Arundel County and portions of Prince George's and Howard counties.

Mr. Gilchrest, a former Kent County high school teacher, is taking a more relaxed view toward fund raising, although nervous GOP officials are urging him to spend more time collecting checks.

Fund raising is not always an indicator of success. Mr. Gilchrest handily defeated Democratic Rep. Roy Dyson two years ago, although Mr. Dyson outspent him nearly 3-1.

Meanwhile, other members of the Maryland House delegation easily outpaced their opponents.

Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, a 2nd District Republican, raised $94,043 during the three months under review compared with $5,540 collected by Democratic challenger Michael Hickey Jr.

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a 3rd District Democrat, raised $41,091 during the period; his GOP opponent William Bricker raised only $771.

And Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat who currently represents Prince George's County, pulled in $225,205 during the period, while Larry Hogan Jr. raised $70,577. They are running in a new 5th District that includes Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties in southern Maryland and parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's.

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