Gun control group gets $30,000 at fund-raiser CAMPAIGN 1994

May 24, 1994

Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse raised $30,000 yesterday to help tell voters which candidates favor -- and which oppose -- proposals for tougher state gun control laws.

The money was collected during a breakfast honoring Gov. William Donald Schaefer for an eight-year push against the National Rifle Association and other opponents of gun control.

"He was willing to stand up. He had much advice not to do it. But he did," said Richard O. Berndt, an officer of the organization. "He did what he thought was right."

Mr. Schaefer's leadership, beginning with the 1988 ban on some Saturday Night Special handguns and this year's ban on most assault pistols, helped encourage the Congress to adopt similar gun control measures, said Vincent DeMarco, executive director MAHA.

While getting the assault pistols ban, MAHA was not able to persuade Maryland lawmakers to enact legislation to require a license for handgun owners and to limit handgun purchases to two a year per person.

Mr. DeMarco said the group plans to push similar proposals next year. In the meantime, he said, it will publicize the positions of candidates for governor, state attorney general and the

legislature.

Teachers Association endorses Glendening

The politically powerful Maryland State Teachers Association has endorsed Democrat Parris N. Glendening for governor.

Karl K. Pence, president of the 48,000-member union, cited Mr. Glendening's support for collective bargaining for unions and the way he dealt with public employees during the depths of the recent recession. Teachers, administrators and other school employees believe the three-term Prince George's County executive will involve them in decisions concerning education, Mr. Pence said.

The long-expected endorsement will mean financial support from MSTA's political action committee and from individual members, plus potentially hundreds of volunteers to staff telephone banks, campaign door to door and do other work on Mr. Glendening's behalf.

The MSTA also endorsed the re-election of veteran Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, but members were unable to reach agreement on an endorsement in this year's four-candidate race for attorney general.

Bainum withdraws, but breakfast to go on

"Wake up and smell the coffee!" said the invitation to tomorrow's breakfast fund-raiser for Baltimore Del. Howard P. Rawlings.

The event was to have been an eye-opener for political contributors who thought that Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening had sewn up the backing of Baltimore's political establishment by gaining the endorsement of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Mr. Rawlings had planned to introduce an alternative -- his alternative -- to Mr. Glendening: Montgomery County businessman Stewart Bainum Jr.

"I will have a special guest speaker at the breakfast, my friend Stew Bainum," the orange and white Rawlings invitation read.

The only problem is that after Mr. Rawlings sent his invitation -- with pictures of both himself and Mr. Bainum -- to the printers, Mr. Bainum unexpectedly dropped out of the gubernatorial race.

"Regrettably," said Mr. Rawlings, who as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is one of the most powerful public officials in Baltimore.

As for who will replace Mr. Bainum as the featured speaker, Mr. Rawlings said, "If you read the fine print [of the invitation], you'll see that [House Speaker] Cas Taylor is going to make remarks about the 1994 legislative session. He is probably going to be elevated."

Gore to speak at Sarbanes event

The Clinton administration is rolling out its heavy hitters early for U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, sending Vice President Al Gore to Baltimore on June 6 to speak at a campaign fund-raiser for the three-term incumbent.

Michael H. Davis, the senator's campaign manager, said the event at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel will be "two-tiered" -- a $500-a-person "intimate reception" from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a $100-a-person rally from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mr. Gore is scheduled to speak at both events.

Mr. Sarbanes has not officially announced his candidacy for a fourth Senate term, but he has been raising money for months. Mr. Davis said he hopes to raise $50,000 to $75,000 on June 6.

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