Brown fund is largest in commissioners' race

November 02, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

As of last week, Republican Carroll County commissioner candidate W. Benjamin Brown had $10,284 left to spend before the Nov. 8 election -- more than twice what anyone else in the race had left.

Mr. Brown, who is Westminster's mayor, also had collected more money in the past two months than his five opponents, but most of it came from his own pocket, records at the Board of Supervisors of Elections show.

Republican incumbent Donald I. Dell of Westminster raised more money from individual contributions since late August than any other candidate -- $5,332, records show. He had $1,368 left to spend as of last week.

Three Democrats and three Republicans are vying for the commission seats. The top three vote-getters in the general election will get the job.

Candidates were required to file campaign finance reports for the period Aug. 29 through Oct. 23 at the Board of Elections by Friday.

After Mr. Brown, Democratic incumbent Elmer C. Lippy had the most money left to spend -- $4,929. He raised the least of any candidate during the past two months -- $270.

Republican Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg, the top vote-getter in his primary, had $4,075 left to spend. Most of his money came from his own funds.

The top vote-getter in the Democratic primary -- Rebecca A. Orenstein of Westminster -- had $124 on hand as of last week, the records show.

Ms. Orenstein had raised $2,885 since August.

Democrat Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh of Westminster raised $2,375 during the past two months and had $1,569 remaining, records show.

Following are details about the candidates' finances:

* Mr. Brown -- Before the primary, he said he did not accept contributions because he did not want to be obligated to anyone. He gave $9,600 of his own money to his campaign.

Records filed last week show that he lent his campaign $4,000 in the past two months and received $1,000 from his father-in-law, Henry Vicinus of Bethesda.

As of last week, records show he had accumulated $15,140 and had spent $4,856.

* Mr. Dell -- He had accumulated $17,494 as of last week and had spent $16,126.

In 1990, as the top vote-getter in the general election, Mr. Dell raised $22,586, records show.

He raised $2,145 at a $15-a-ticket fund-raiser in mid-September and also collected $2,362 in individual contributions.

Mr. Dell lent his campaign $1,500.

* Mr. Yates -- He had accumulated $6,745 and had spent $2,670 as of last week, records show. He lent his campaign $5,700.

* Ms. Orenstein -- The Westminster city councilwoman had raised $5,760 and had spent $5,636 as of last week.

Most of her money came from individuals.

She also received $600 from the Maryland State Teachers Association political action committee.

* Mr. Sensabaugh -- The former Carroll County sheriff had raised $4,625 as of last week and had spent $3,056.

He raised $2,360 at a $20-a-ticket fund-raiser in mid-October and lent his campaign $2,150.

* Mr. Lippy -- The former Manchester mayor had raised $9,290 as of last week and had spent $4,361.

He accumulated most of his money before the Sept. 13 primary.

Mr. Lippy lent his campaign $4,000 and raised $3,630 at a $20-a-ticket fund-raiser.

He also received $100 from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. political action committee.

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