Van Hollen raises most campaign funds among potential successors to Sarbanes

April 16, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign has raised $300,000 since he began exploring a run for the Senate next year, according to the congressman.

Van Hollen raised a total of $338,000 in the first quarter of this year and has a total of $713,000 in his campaign account.

Another Democrat considering the race, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, raised $60,000 during the same period and has $215,000 total.

Kweisi Mfume, the former congressman and head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who has declared his candidacy, transferred $103,000 from his old campaign account into his new Senate fund.

Kia Heath, the treasurer for the Mfume campaign, said fund raising is just getting under way.

Van Hollen and Cardin are talking to potential supporters as they consider entering next year's race to replace Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, who announced last month that he would not seek a sixth term.

Van Hollen represents Montgomery County and is in his second term in Congress; Cardin, whose district includes large swaths of Baltimore, was elected in 1986.

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