House incumbents hold huge leads over rivals in early fund raising 5th District's Hoyer has largest amount among Md. candidates

Campaign 1996

February 14, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN NATIONAL STAFF

WASHINGTON -- House members from Maryland who are running for re-election far outpace their challengers in fund raising, according to the latest finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. The reports cover money raised during 1995.

The state's leading fund-raiser, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, brought in $352,211 and had nearly $309,000 in cash on hand. An eight-term Democrat with a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, Mr. Hoyer pulled in $228,975 from political action committees.

By contrast, the leading fund-raiser among his challengers in the 5th District, John Morgan, a Republican from Upper Marlboro, raised $20,858, including $1,000 he lent his campaign and $200 from PACs. A research engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Mr. Morgan reported nearly $7,000 in cash on hand.

Four other candidates in the district, which includes Southern Maryland and part of Anne Arundel County, did not file reports with the FEC.

Candidates must file such reports only if they raise more than $5,000. Those competing in the March 5 primaries, and in the 7th District's special primary the same day, must next file finance reports by Monday.

Rep. Constance A. Morella had the most cash of any candidate in the state, with more than $410,000. Ms. Morella, a five-term Republican, raised $141,327, far more than any of the 12 challengers in the 8th District, which includes Montgomery County. Charlotte M. Meyer, a Democrat, raised about $1,300, and John C. Webb, a Republican, brought in $560.

In the 6th District of Western Maryland, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett faces Steve Crawford, who has raised more than any other nonincumbent. Mr. Crawford, a Frederick Democrat, raised $76,816 in his second bid to unseat the Republican Mr. Bartlett.

Mr. Crawford received the most PAC money of any challenger, $15,000. PACs for the United Auto Workers, the National Education Association and the United Steel Workers each gave Mr. Crawford $5,000, the limit. He also lent his campaign $22,500 and had more than $32,000 in cash on hand.

But Mr. Bartlett raised more money than Mr. Crawford, bringing in $143,481. The two-term Republican raised nearly $47,000 in PAC money, and his campaign had more than $74,000 in cash.

In the 3rd District, which takes in parts of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin raised $262,882, including more than $129,000 from PACs. The Pikesville Democrat had more than $260,000 in cash on hand.

The only other candidate in the district to file a financial report, Patrick L. McDonough, a Perry Hall Republican, lagged far behind Mr. Cardin, with $8,728 raised. Mr. McDonough had about $1,100 in cash.

Rep. Albert R. Wynn, a Democrat who represents parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, raised $158,222 and reported about $89,000 in cash on hand. Republican Cesar "Doc" Madarang of Silver Spring reported raising $34,949 in 1995, including $1,000 he donated to his campaign. Two challengers in the 4th District had no reports on file.

In the 1st District, which covers the Eastern Shore and parts of Anne Arundel County and Baltimore, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest reported raising $110,485. The Kent County Republican had about $23,000 in cash. Mr. Gilchrest has accepted no contributions from political action committees or from individuals outside his district since 1993, according to his campaign manager, Jill Maurer.

His nearest opponent, financially, Steven R. Eastaugh, a Democrat from Worcester County, raised $53,392, including more than $34,000 he lent his campaign and $8,800 he received from PACs. Mr. Eastaugh is a George Washington University professor.

The only other candidate in the district who filed a report with the FEC is Ralph T. Gies, a Democrat from Anne Arundel County, who reported raising $215. Ten other candidates -- five Republicans and five Democrats -- have filed for the primary.

In the crowded 7th District race, three of the 32 candidates who entered the race after Rep. Kweisi Mfume announced his resignation to head the NAACP reported raising money during 1995. The district includes parts of Baltimore and Baltimore County.

One challenger, state Sen. Delores G. Kelley of Randallstown, boosted her balance to $21,593 by lending her campaign $18,000 and donating $1,300. Ms. Kelley had more than $9,000 in cash.

Another challenger, Del. Salima Siler Marriott of Baltimore, raised $8,815 in December, including $1,000 she gave her campaign, and had all of the money in cash.

A third candidate, A. Dwight Pettit, raised $5,950, including $3,500 he lent his campaign. The Baltimore lawyer had $329 in cash.

In the 2nd District, which covers Harford County, eastern Baltimore County and part of northern Anne Arundel County, Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. raised $271,367 last year, about seven times more than his nearest rival.

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