Having raised $3.5 million in just a few months, the newly formed Black Economic Alliance on Monday endorsed Democrat Ben Jealous for governor of Maryland — and pledged to give him financial support.
The group said it would be backing Jealous, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, all Democrats.
The alliance said it would be supporting Jealous both directly and with independent expenditures — though organizers did not give specific numbers. They said they would be supporting 10 to 15 candidates this election cycle.
The new group is made up of top black business leaders and advocates...