State Sen. Jamie Raskin's campaign for Congress picked up the support Monday of an influential state lawmaker as well as a nationally recognized super PAC working toward campaign finance reform -- part of series of high-profile endorsements he has received in recent weeks.
Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, a Montgomery County Democrat and the vice chair of the Judiciary Committee, became the latest elected official in the state to back Raskin's bid for the 8th Congressional District, which is currently held by Rep. Chris Van Hollen.
"For a decade, I have counted him as the essential ally in the Senate for advancing the interests of women, children and families," Dumais said in a statement.
On the same day, the bipartisan Mayday PAC cited Raskin's efforts on campaign finance reform as the reason it will raise independent money for his candidacy. The group, led by former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, says it will raise at least $100,000 for Raskin initially and recruit 250 volunteers for the race.
The group made nearly $8 million in independent expenditures during the 2014 election cycle.
"Raskin has raised more money from home district voters than any other non-incumbent Democratic candidate for Congress in America," the group said in an announcement for an event it will hold for Raskin in Takoma Park on Monday. "He refused all corporate contributions as a state senator and is now refusing all donations from Big Gas, Big Coal, and Big Oil."
Raskin is running in a large field of candidates for the Democratic nomination that includes former WJLA anchor Kathleen Matthews, Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez, former Obama administration aides Will Jawando and Joel Rubin, and an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, David M. Anderson.
Raskin and Matthews have led the pack in fundraising. Matthews reported having $892,000 at the end of September, compared with $694,000 for Raskin.
Raskin has also picked up a few notable endorsements since the end of the third quarter, including from the environmental group Sierra Club as well as from the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, which has thousands of workers in the state.