Campaign Notebook

September 02, 2006

John Sarbanes leads in funds in congressional race

Attorney John P. Sarbanes has far more money left than his competitors in the crowded Democratic primary race in the 3rd Congressional District, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Sarbanes, the son of retiring U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, reported having a balance of $475,298. Former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson has $60,482 left, while state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger has $37,567 on hand.

All federal candidates were required to file a pre-primary report Thursday accounting for the money they spent and raised between July 1 and Aug. 23. Beilenson raised the most during the period, bringing in $172,915. Sarbanes reported raising $170,997, while Hollinger collected $139,098.

Oz Bengur, a businessman and former treasurer of the state Democratic Party, raised $106,425 during the period - $45,000 of which was his own money. He has $13,690 on hand.

Kevin O'Keeffe, a former high-level aide in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County, reported raising $21,571 during the period and has $123,724 left.

Andy Barth, a former WMAR-TV reporter, raised $27,627 and has $24,603 left. Mishonda Baldwin, an attorney who served in the Iraq war, reported raising $3,115 and having $10,930 on hand.

Among the eight Republican candidates, Gary Applebaum, former executive vice president and chief medical officer of Erickson Retirement Communities, reported having the most money left -- $189,078. He reported raising $8,544 during the period. Republican John White, an Annapolis businessman, raised $100,100 and has $47,974 left.

The eight Democrats and eight Republicans are battling for the seat of U.S. Rep. Benjamin L Cardin, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

SUMATHI REDDY

Ehrlich campaign raised $630,000 in Aug. 9-25 period

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s re-election campaign raised $630,000 between Aug. 9 and Aug. 25 and has $8.6 million in cash on hand, Ehrlich aides said yesterday.

The campaign said the figures for Ehrlich and his running mate, state Secretary of Disabilities Kristen Cox, are contained in a report that was due at the Maryland State Board of Elections last night. The Democratic ticket, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and his running mate, Del. Anthony G. Brown of Prince George's County, reported raising just more than $455,000, with $4.6 million on hand.

Ehrlich has maintained a consistent fundraising advantage throughout much of the race. This week's report is the last before the Sept. 12 primary. The candidates will not file again until about a week before the Nov. 7 general election.

JOHN FRITZE

Simms picks up another endorsement from a union

Stuart O. Simms, a Democrat running for Maryland attorney general, picked up another union endorsement yesterday that initially had gone to Thomas E. Perez, who was declared ineligible last week to run by Maryland's highest court.

Local 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers announced that its 10,000 members in Maryland and Washington will shift their campaign work to Simms.

"Stu Simms has a proven track record of fighting for all Marylanders and as Attorney General he will continue working to protect patients from abuse by insurance companies, health care providers and drug companies," John Reid, executive vice president, said in a statement.

The union said it is spending $115,000 on radio advertisements across the state to support Simms, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley for governor and Peter Franchot for comptroller, he said.

ANDREA SIEGEL

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