Jealous, Shea Outpace Foes in Fundraising Period

Former NAACP President and Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous participates in a candidate's forum at Montgomery College in Germantown on Oct. 14. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Former NAACP President and Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous participates in a candidate's forum at Montgomery College in Germantown on Oct. 14. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous raised nearly $1 million between Jan. 11 and May 15, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

That amount includes $100,000 in loans from the former NAACP president and his running mate, Susan Turnbull.

Jealous, who’s consistently ranked in the top three spots in several polls, has pushed his message in voting strongholds in the Baltimore and D.C. suburbs of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The campaign still has more than $578,000 cash on hand, according to finance reports.

“Ben Jealous has proven yet again that Marylanders are looking for a bold, progressive voice and that he is the most viable candidate to win this nomination and defeat [Republican Gov.] Larry Hogan,” said campaign manager Travis Tazelaar in a statement. “From the very start, Ben has said our campaign is about building a movement of working families to get Maryland back to doing big things. Those families continue to fund our campaign in a significant way. Every day we are building a bigger, more robust coalition many thought would be possible when this campaign began a year ago.”

Baltimore attorney Jim Shea came in second with nearly $700,000. Shea and his running mate, Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott, have $1.4 million cash on hand, more than double the closest opponent.

Maryland gubernatorial candidates (from left) Krish Vignarajah, Jim Shea, Ben Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Rushern L. Baker III, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross and James Jones II participate in an April 25 candidates' forum at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Maryland gubernatorial candidates (from left) Krish Vignarajah, Jim Shea, Ben Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Rushern L. Baker III, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross and James Jones II participate in an April 25 candidates’ forum at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

“Certain candidates will begin to separate from the pack and distinguish themselves,” said campaign manager Brian Doory in a statement. “We have preserved our resources for the most impact in the final stretch of the campaign. We are in a strong position to introduce Jim to voters in more substantial ways, including through broadcast television ads, and continuing to organize and do outreach to Marylanders across the state.”

Meanwhile, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and his running mate, Elizabeth Embry, raised nearly $543,000. He’s been the leader among the polls and they still have more than $562,000 cash on hand.

Tech entrepreneur Alec Ross and running mate Julie Verratti raised above $440,000 with more than $206,000 cash on hand.

Campaign reports show state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. of Montgomery County received $287,000 in public funds. As a state official and because the General Assembly ended last month, he couldn’t raise money a certain way during the 90-day session.

Madaleno and running mate Luwanda Jenkins are the only campaign to use the public financing option.

“The amount of cash on hand at this time is $305,000 – that’s explained by the campaign’s focus on an actual grass-roots operation,” campaign manager Keith Presley said in a statement. “We are committed to running a campaign that harnesses grass-roots energy as well as investing the time, energy and money to truly reach voters around the state.”

Valerie Ervin, who replaced the late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamanetz, raised $115,483. Kamanetz’ campaign raised the money among his Democratic opponents early in the campaign at more than $2 million. A campaign finance report filed showed he raised an additional $178,000 with $1.3 million cash on hand.

Whether Ervin and running mate Marisol Johnson receives the money remains undetermined.

Krish Vignarajah, former policy director for first lady Michelle Obama, and her running mate, Sharon Blake, raised nearly $126,000 in the reporting period. According to the campaign’s finance report filed early Wednesday morning, they have $500,000 cash on hand.

The Democratic winner in the June 26 primary will face a major challenge in general election with Hogan’s campaign chest at more than $9 million. Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford have no challengers in the Republican primary, which allowed them to raise a combined $1.2 million this year.

Political newcomer James Hugh Jones II, a chaplain for the Baltimore City Police Department, and Ralph Jaffe, a perennial candidate from Baltimore County, both filed documents to ensure they wouldn’t receive contributions or make expenditures of $1,000 or more.

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