With $55,218.33 raised between Jan. 8 and June 8, Nick Stewart, of Arbutus, a commercial litigation lawyer at the Saul Ewing law firm in Baltimore and a former speechwriter for Gov. Martin O'Malley, leads the crowded field of candidates running for one of three House of Delegates seats in District 12 when it comes to campaign donations.
Of the total, about 51 percent came through business contributions, which totaled $28,325 in the five-month period.
Six individual businesses, all of which share the same Guilford Road address in Columbia, accounted for $24,000 of the $28,325 total. Each contributed the $4,000 maximum allowed. They are: Cordoba Enterprises, Ecology Services Municipal Operations, Ecology Services Inc., ESAACC, LLC; ESCCS, LLC, and ESRR, LLC.
An individual, Peter Osborne, who also listed the Guilford Road address, contributed $1,000. He is listed as the CEO of Ecology Services, which according to that firm's website, offers a variety of waste management services.
Individual and political action committee contributions to Stewart's campaign accounted for about 24 percent each of the contributions.
Stewart collected $13,749.07 from 108 individuals listing addresses in Howard and Baltimore counties, and some from out of state.
Stewart pulled in contributions from 17 political action committees, most notably $4,000 from Gov. Martin O'Malley's political action committee, O'Say Can You See. O'Malley, Stewart's former boss, endorsed him in June.
The rest of the PAC contributions, are as follows: Baltimore County Firefighters ($1,000), Howard County Police ($250), Fraternal Order of Police of Baltimore City ($250), Maryland Association for Justice ($500), Maryland Social Services Employees Union ($200), Prince George's County Firefighters and Paramedics Association ($100), Realtors PAC ($500), UFCW Local 27 ($3,500), United Steelworkers ($250), Baltimore City Fire Officers ($250), Baltimore Gas and Electric PAC ($250), Howard County Firefighters ($1,000), Ironworkers PAC ($500), Motor Truck Association PAC ($200), Dutch PAC ($100) – the political action committee for U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, who endorsed Stewart, his former intern; United Transportation Union ($250) and the Society of Accountants PAC ($25).