The coffers have filled up for former Rep. Donna Edwards with more than $300,000 raised for her bid for Prince George’s County executive, according to her campaign.
In a statement, the 59-year-old staunch progressive said the amount raised includes a $180,000 loan to herself “signaling that she is all in on a campaign built and fueled by grass-roots people power.”
According to Edwards’ report, her campaign has about $240,884 cash on hand. The contributions include $5,000 from the state education association Fund for Children and Public Education PAC, $2,500 from ZIP Mailing Services of Landover and $200 from The Happy Factory of Capitol Heights.
Her campaign filed the report Saturday, May 26, four days after the May 22 deadline.
According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, a candidate could pay $20 per day for late filings. The board meets Thursday, May 31 in Annapolis to approve late waiver fee requests from various campaigns.
Meanwhile, a super PAC known as “We are Prince George’s” has spent $660,000 on behalf of Edwards with signs, polling and campaign literature that accuses her opponent, State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, conspiring to “pay-to-play” politics. The majority of the money comes from two unions, Unite Here Local 25 of Northwest and LiUNA! (Laborers’ International Union of North America) of Reston, Virginia.
Progressive Maryland, a leading grass-roots advocacy group, issued a call for Alsobrooks to not accept contributions from developers and its attorneys and lobbyists.
“If Angela Alsobrooks is concerned about voters learning the truth about who’s funding her campaign, then we believe she would have less to worry about if she simply stops taking money from these special interest groups,” Larry Stafford, executive director for Progressive, said in a statement Thursday, May 24. “Instead, Alsobrooks has decided to attack the public education efforts of groups that represent thousands of ordinary, working-class Prince Georgians.”
The organization requests Alsobrooks respond in three days and then return money her campaign received by May 30. In a brief interview, Stafford said it nothing transpires, then the organization will continue its appeal for Alsobrooks to not take money from developers.
Alsobrooks denounced the pay-to-play mailers as lies, declaring “we are the grass-roots campaign.”
Campaign finance reports show between Jan. 11 and May 15, the campaign raised about $300,000 with nearly $850,000 cash on hand.
During this four-month cycle, the campaign attributes more than 1,200 contributions that raised the total to over 4,600.
Some of the contributions included: $6,000 from International Association of Firefighters of Northwest; $1,500 from Grainger Browning, senior pastor at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington; and $750 from J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home of Hyattsville.
“I am very proud of the diverse support our campaign has generated and I want to thank everyone who continues to show their faith in me,” Alsobrooks said in a statement. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve you and I know that the best is yet to come.”
The other candidates filed campaign reports, which are significantly lower than Alsobrooks.
State Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-District 26) of Accokeek raised about $45,250. His campaign filed the report May 23, several hours after the midnight May 22 deadline.
Paul Monteiro, a former official with the Obama administration, raised $27,810 with $5,180 cash on hand. Air Force veteran Billy Bridges received a loan of $2,160 with slightly less than $400 cash on hand.
Jerry Mathis, the lone Republican in the race, raised $600 with $1,500 cash on hand. He also issued a $5,000 loan to himself.
Tommie Thompson, president of Bazilio Cobb Associates with offices in Northwest and Lanham, raised $2,110 between Feb. 27 and April 10. He has slightly more than $2,000 cash on hand, according to a finance report filed April 17.
On the same day, Michael Kennedy filed a document to ensure he wouldn’t receive contributions or make expenditures of no more than $1,000. Former lieutenant governor Samuel Bogley II and Lewis B. Johnson also filed and signed paperwork to conduct similar actions in the race.
Because the county is heavily Democratic, the winner of the June 26 primary would likely win the November general election.