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Ivey Outpacing Congressional Challengers on Campaign Finances

Third-quarter campaign figures for Democratic primary candidates in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District race show more money being raised, with former Prince George’s County state’s attorney Glenn Ivey still leading the field with a cumulative total of $500,000.

According to Ivey’s campaign, he’s raised nearly $130,000 in the third quarter between July 1 and Sept. 30. Since he began fundraising in January, he’s brought in more than $520,000.

“Since the official launch of our campaign, the outpouring of grassroots support has been nothing short of inspiring,” Ivey said in a news release. “With the progressive vision we’ve put forward in this campaign, we’ve attracted countless voters and volunteers to the campaign as well as key endorsements from leaders like County Executive Rushern Baker.”

Ivey, who has about $400,000 cash on hand, is being challenged by eight others in the April primary election to replace by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland). Edwards seeks the senator position held by the retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Ivey and the other candidates released third quarter campaign figures Thursday, Oct. 15, the deadline date set for reports due to the Federal Elections Commission.

The 4th District includes portion of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. Municipalities in Prince George’s include Mt. Rainer, Oxon Hill and portions of Upper Marlboro and Bowie.

Democratic voters in Prince George’s will have nine candidates to choose from next year. The winner may likely become the next Congressional representative in a heavily Democratic 4th District.

However, two Republican candidates plan to mount a challenge: George E. McDermott of Forest Heights in Prince George’s and Rob Buck of Severna Park, Anne Arundel County.

Meanwhile, several Democratic candidates such as state Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D-District 21) exceeded $100,000 this quarter.

Her campaign announced via Facebook it raised $139,000 this election cycle with $305,000 cash on hand. So far, she has raised a total of $364,000.

“I am very pleased,” Peña-Melnyk, whose district includes parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, said in a phone interview. “We have 1,000 donors with people giving an average of $100. We are very grateful that the people believe in us.”

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown doubled his fundraising efforts in the third quarter with almost $180,000. His grand total raised this year stands at $354,000, with more than $250,000 cash on hand.

He also announced in a statement the recent hire of a campaign manager, Derrick Green, a deputy chief to former County Executive Jack B. Johnson.

“Our campaign continues to grow stronger by the day, and Derrick’s on the ground expertise will enable us to take our message of creating stronger and safer communities to even more voters,” Brown said. “I am grateful for the support that continues to pour in and am confident that the momentum will remain with us as we look ahead to victory in April.”

State Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-District 25) took in $125,000 this quarter and has about $206,000 cash on hand, according to the campaign report filed with the FEC. His fundraising total exceeds $313,000.

The remaining five candidates raised less money than their Democratic counterparts in the third quarter.

Military-veteran Warren Christopher of Upper Marlboro brought in about $50,000 this quarter – with more than half of it being his own money.

Longtime educator Alvin Thornton, also of Upper Marlboro, took in nearly $10,000 but only has about $1,000 left.

Lisa Ransom of Bowie secured $5,645 this quarter with slightly more than $10,000 raised in the election cycle.

Terence M. Strait Jr. of Capitol Heights raised his entire campaign chest of $8,511 in the third quarter. He contributed $7,300 to himself.

Although former Prince George’s County Councilwoman Ingrid Turner raised the second-highest total at more than $263,500 prior to July 1, she only brought in about $15,000 in the third quarter.

“We’re not focusing on raising money. We are focusing on touching the voters,” Turner said. “We’ve knocked on 20,000 doors. We keep track because we have a certain amount of literature to talk to voters about my platform and the election. This is a 24-7 operation.”

The fourth-quarter financial reports are due Jan. 31.

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