Dell finishes first in campaign funds Developers, Realtors gave commissioner $4,500 in final week

But he was third in voting

December 13, 1998|By John Murphy and Brenda J. Buote | John Murphy and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Eleventh-hour contributions from developers and Realtors helped make successful incumbent Donald I. Dell the top fund-raiser in the commissioners' race this fall, according to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors of Elections.

Having the most money did not translate into winning the most votes. Dell, who began his third term last week, finished in third place behind fellow RepublicansJulia Walsh Gouge and Robin Bartlett Frazier. Frazier received 149 votes more than Dell.

On Oct. 30, Dell received $2,000 from the Carroll County Homebuilders PAC and $1,500 from the Maryland Realtors PAC.

Dell also received $1,000 from Hampstead contractor C.J. Miller Inc. Dell raised a total of $26,195.

On Oct. 31, the same political action committees backed Gouge. The former two-term commissioner received $1,500 from the Maryland Realtors PAC and $1,500 from the Carroll County Homebuilders PAC. Those contributions, with many contributions from Gouge's family, helped her raise more than $8,000 in the final weeks of the campaign for a total of $23,953.

Frazier said she rejected contributions from both PACs. Without the funds, Frazier, who had led her opponents in fund raising, finished behind Gouge with $23,201. Much of the money was raised through family fund-raising picnics and breakfasts -- "friendraisers," she called them.

"There were over 325 contributors to my campaign," said Frazier. "The money came from a wide variety of people, a good spread throughout the county. I didn't accept any PAC money. I didn't want to be criticized for accepting large amounts of money from any one group."

Defending contributions

Dell defended the PAC contributions.

"I have no reservations taking money from them because the money comes from a number of people. They're business people and citizens. They have every right to make contributions," he said. "I never had any group come to me and say, 'We've given you this money, can you do this for me?' "

Gouge also said there were no strings attached to any contributions.

"I got contributions from across the county, from a wide variety of people -- through contributions and fund-raisers," said Gouge. "I didn't have anyone hand me a dollar and say, 'I expect you to do something for me.' I don't think that happens in Carroll County the way it might in other places. Here, people are pretty straightforward. They give you a contribution because they just want you to be in office."

Fewer funds for Democrats

The unsuccessful Democratic candidates for commissioner in the Nov. 3 general election raised far less than their Republican counterparts.

Top Democratic vote-getter Perry L. Jones, mayor of Union Bridge, raised $13,010, followed by Maxine Carole Wooleyhand with $2,585. Roger Larry Mann, who accepted no political contributions, limited campaign spending to $2,000.

Independent candidate Carolyn L. Fairbank, who finished fourth behind Dell, raised $6,444.

In the District 5 House of Delegates race, Democratic Del. Ellen Willis Miller raised $46,891, almost $20,000 more than her Republican challengers. She finished a distant fourth and lost her seat.

Del. Nancy R. Stocksdale earned the most among the Republican winners with $29,769. Carmen Amedori raised $27,450 and Del. Joseph M. Getty finished with $26,946.

State Sen. Larry E. Haines, a Westminster Republican who ran unopposed in the general election, raised $91,045.

Campaign funds raised

Candidates were required to file campaign finance reports last month showing all money raised and spent for the Nov. 3 elections.

County commissioners ........... Total raised......... Expenses

Democrats

Perry L. Jones.................. $13,010.00........... $9,401.13

Maxine Carole Wooleyhand........ $2,585.00............ $2,585.00

Roger Larry Mann................ $2,000.00............ $2,000.00

Republicans

Donald I. Dell.................. $26,195.03............ $24,716.62

Julia Walsh Gouge............... $23,952.78............ $23,455.38

Robin Bartlett Frazier.......... $23,201.50............ $23,147.45

Independent

Carolyn L. Fairbank............... $6,443.91............ $6,443.91

State Senate, Dist. 5

Larry E. Haines, Rep............. $91,044.71............ $79,147.99

House of Delegates, Dist. 4B

Donald B. Elliott, Rep........... $17,728.68............ $13,728.68

Ann M. Ballard, Dem............... $6,221.49............. $6,221.49

House of Delegates, Dist. 5

Ellen Willis Miller, Dem......... $46,890.89............ $46,448.45

Nancy R. Stocksdale, Rep......... $29,768.52............ $26,097.87

Carmen Amedori, Rep.............. $27,449.97............ $26,330.30

Joseph M. Getty, Rep............. $26,945.70............ $26,788.66

Pub Date: 12/13/98

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