Jessamy ahead in campaign funds race

State's attorney outdraws Keating by about $22,800

Stancil's report not filed

August 19, 2002|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

With just over three weeks left before the first contested election for Baltimore state's attorney in 20 years, incumbent Patricia C. Jessamy has raised $78,521, about $22,800 more than Anton J.S. Keating, one of her two challengers.

Campaign finance reports, which were due to the state Board of Elections Supervisors last week, show that Jessamy has about $12,000 cash on hand, while Keating has $450.

Candidate Lisa Joi Stancil, a city councilwoman, has not filed her report, saying she missed the Tuesday deadline because of computer problems.

The computer belonging to her mother and treasurer, Dorothy Williams, crashed earlier this week, Stancil said, with all of her campaign finance information on it.

She said she hopes to be able to file her report by today. "We've got major problems," Stancil said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to fix it in the next few days."

The fine for not filing by the deadline is $20 a day, with a maximum of $250.

3 Democrats in race

Voters will decide among the three Democratic candidates in the Sept. 10 primary election. There is no Republican challenger.

Jessamy sent in her report two days late. She, too, had computer problems, she said.

Since 1999, Jessamy has been charged $620 in late fees for not filing her reports on time, according to the elections board.

Jessamy has been city state's attorney for 7 1/2 years. There has not been a challenger in an election for the office since 1982, when Kurt L. Schmoke beat incumbent William A. Swisher.

Keating, a longtime Baltimore lawyer who lost a bid for the office in 1978, has raised $55,700.

"I'm very gratified people have given me as much as they have," Keating said. "Most of my contributions come in minor amounts. Running for state's attorney, I have nothing to sell but integrity."

Jessamy contributors

Jessamy took in $30,970 in contributions from individuals and businesses, and another $40,478 in ticket purchases for her fund-raisers.

Notable contributors who gave between $100 and $250 to Jessamy include former state's attorneys Schmoke and Stuart O. Simms.

Former city housing commissioner Daniel P. Henson III, and Juvenile Justice Secretary Bishop L. Robinson also donated money.

Other contributors include many of her employees and division heads at the state's attorney's office.

She also took in money from businesses such as Verizon Communications and several area hair salons and liquor stores.

Other funds came from political club contributions.

Jessamy has spent $22,302 on fund-raising events, $11,784 on salaries and $14,364 on printing materials, among other expenses.

Keating contributors

Keating's major contributors are former Circuit Judge Peter Ward, who gave $1,000, and Harry Meyerhoff, who gave $4,000. Meyerhoff is Keating's former father-in-law.

He also received money from businesses such as Morstein's Jewelers and Video Americain of Baltimore and Towson.

Much of his money came in donations of $300 or less from lawyers such as Stephen L. Miles and law firms including the Cohen law firm and Suder law firm.

Keating's expenses include $17,795 for salaries, $8,755 for printing materials and $10,570 for fund-raising events.

The next filing deadline before the primary is Aug. 30.

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