Congressional incumbents aim to cash in March 5 Some challengers also have raised large amounts

Campaign 1996

February 28, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN NATIONAL STAFF

In the two months before Maryland's March 5 primary, some congressional candidates have managed to raise more money than the incumbents, but for the most part, officeholders still have more cash on hand, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis, a Democrat and former Baltimore County delegate, raised $86,425 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14 in her bid for the 2nd District seat, which includes Harford County and parts of Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. She had $72,000 in cash at the end of that period. Joseph J. Bish Jr., a Democrat who is a Westinghouse computer analyst, raised $9,583 and had more than $2,000 in cash on hand with a debt of more than $5,000.

Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Republican incumbent seeking a second term, raised $39,415 but had nearly $150,000 in cash.

Only candidates who raise more than $5,000 must file reports at the Federal Election Commission. The latest reports cover the period between Jan. 1 and mid-February and are the last full reports required before the primary.

In the 1st District, Steven R. Eastaugh, a Democratic challenger, raised more money this year and had more money in cash on hand than the Republican incumbent, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest. Mr. Eastaugh, a George Washington University professor who lives in Worcester County, raised $13,300 and had nearly $71,000 in cash.

Mr. Gilchrest, of Kent County, brought in $9,029 and had nearly $23,000 in cash. That's well ahead of his nearest Republican opponent, James M. Plack of Talbot County, who raised $5,950 and had just more than $1,000 in cash. The 1st District includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Anne Arundel County and Baltimore.

In the 6th District, which covers Western Maryland and much of Howard County, Democrat Stephen Crawford raised $10,431 and had $27,000 in cash. David L. Osmundson, a Sykesville Democrat, raised $9,944 and had $17 in cash.

Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett raised $7,068, less than his challengers. But the Frederick resident had more than $70,000 in cash on hand.

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Pikesville Democrat, raised $12,634 and had more than $259,000 in cash on hand in his bid for a fourth term in the 3rd District, which includes parts of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The only other 3rd District candidate with finance records on file, Patrick L. McDonough, a Perry Hall Republican, raised less than $3,000.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat, raised $58,875 and had more than $327,000 in the bank, well ahead of the Republicans vying to challenge him in the 5th District, which includes Southern Maryland and parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

Mr. Hoyer raised $15,500 last week in contributions from six political action committees and one individual. The contributions were reported in 48-hour notices required by the FEC for donations of $1,000 or more received in the 20 days before an election. Mr. Hoyer paid the FEC a $15,000 fine last month for failing to file the 48-hour notices on time before the 1994 general election.

John S. Morgan, a research engineer from Upper Marlboro, raised $4,095 this year and had more than $8,000 in cash.

In Montgomery County's 8th District, Donald L. Mooers Jr. of Kensington raised $12,555 and had about $10,000 in cash. Rep. Constance A. Morella, the Republican incumbent, raised only slightly more money this year, $13,245. But Mrs. Morella had about $415,000 in cash, more than any other congressional candidate in the state.

In the 4th District, which takes in Prince George's and a slice of Montgomery County, Rep. Albert R. Wynn, a Democrat, raised $5,375 and had more than $71,000 in cash.

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