Baltimore City Paper

The Money Game: the latest campaign-finance figures in Baltimore's legislative district races

The most recent round of campaign finance reports for Baltimore City's 12 legislative-district races – a Senate and House race in each of the six districts - were due late May at the Maryland State Board of Elections. The mass of new data reveals who's betting how much on the 46 candidates vying to fill six Senate seats and 10 House seats, and how those candidates are investing in the hopes of victory. The races to watch are the June 24 Democratic primaries, since the victors are virtually assured gaining office in a city where Democrats' voter-registration numbers dominate local politics. Not all of the candidates have complied with the filing deadline, but those who did reported raising a total of nearly $500,000 and spending about $730,000 between Jan. 9 and May 20. The winners' names will be on the general-election ballot on Nov. 4, where some of them face Republican, third-party, and independent candidates. The victors in those contests will be sworn in as elected officials in Annapolis, joining the ranks of the Maryland General Assembly's 47 senators and 141 delegates with four-year terms to make their marks on behalf of their districts, the city, and the state. After the end of the legislature's session in April, City Paper analyzed the incumbents' accomplishments this year, providing a guide to their lawmaking records. What follows are analyses of the most recent campaign-finance reports, presented in the order of the most financially active district to the least. The data paint a detailed portrait of the contemporary electoral economy in Baltimore, showing how money is flowing in pursuit of local power this election season. 46th Legislative District: $126,841.09 raised and $234,543.85 spent by seven candidates The biggest-money contests are in this waterfront district, which is hosting a long-shot Senate challenge and hard-fought House race prompted by an open seat vacated by retiring state Del. Brian McHale, a veteran politician. The House victors will face Republicans Rodger D. Bedingfield, Joseph "Joh" Sedtal, and Duane Shelton in November's general election.

Bill Ferguson (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)
Bill Ferguson
(Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)

Incumbent senator Bill Ferguson, who in 2010 ousted long-time city politician George Della, raised nearly $35,000 and spent almost $62,000, leaving a balance of $95,336.50. Ferguson's top donor was a group of investors headed by developer Mark Sappertein, giving through two companies: MCS Fort Avenue LLC ($2,500), which is developing the Phillips Seafood headquarters in Locust Point, and BCP Investors LLC ($2,500), the Canton Crossing development company. Next up was Chris Gabrieli ($4,000), a former venture capitalist in Boston who pushes for education reform and has run for Congress and Governor of Massachusetts. Another important benefactor was Friends of Team 46 Slate ($3,973), a campaign-finance committee supporting Ferguson, state dels. Peter A. Hammen and Luke Clippinger, candidate Brooke Elizabeth Lierman, and the Orphans Court Campaign Slate, which supports sitting Baltimore City Orphans Court judges Stephan Fogleman, Michele Loewenthal, Lewyn Garrett, and Joyce Baylor-Thompson (who has withdrawn her candidacy). On the spending side, Ferguson's biggest bill this period was the $15,000 his campaign chipped in to the Friends of Team 46 Slate. Next up was $9,750 in consulting fees paid to Campaign Industries, an Evanston, Ill.-based firm whose principal is attorney Mac D'Alessandro, the former New England political director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Finally, Ferguson's campaign manager, Democratic Party activist and – like Ferguson – former Teach for America educator Alexandra Smith, earned almost $7,500.


Mateen Rasul Zar (Photo courtesy of Zarforstatesenate Facebook page)
Mateen Rasul Zar
(Photo courtesy of Zarforstatesenate Facebook page)

Taking on Ferguson is Mateen Rasul Zar, a self-described "Naturopath doctor" who lives in Curtis Bay and has already announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate in 2018. Zar's campaign raised $10,500 – $9,000 of which were loans from Zar – and spent nearly the same, dwindling his remaining balance to $1,095.79. His top donors were Javed Zar ($500), owner of Friendly Driving Academy, and Wahid Hussain ($500), head of the Aalay Rasool Foundation, an anti-poverty non-profit group. Much of Zar's campaign spending this period went to his campaign manager, Farhana Zar ($1,000), and three campaign workers – Ibrahim Malik ($1,320), Mohammad Ismail ($1,205), and Gary Coakley ($1,030) – and to purchase campaign materials from Michigan-based Vista Print ($2,176.17).

Luke Clippinger (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)
Luke Clippinger
(Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)

In the House race, Clippinger, an incumbent facing his first re-election battle, raised almost $18,000 and spent nearly $14,000, leaving $55,343.41 in his campaign account. An assistant state's attorney in Anne Arundel County, Clippinger's top donor was Steve Kearney ($2,000), Gov. Martin O'Malley's former communications director who is co-founder and owner of the communications firm Kearney O'Doherty Public Affairs. Two other heavy-weights – Maryland lobbyist Sean Malone ($1,000), also a former O'Malley aide, and Scott Helm ($1,000), the driving force behind the Baltimore-based Chesapeake Shakespeare Company – gave big. Clippinger's biggest campaign costs were $5,000 to the Friends of Team 46 Slate and $2,000 to pay his campaign manager, Charles Connor.

Peter Hammen (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)
Peter Hammen
(Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)

The senior member of the 46th District delegation, Hammen, raised no money this period – but, thanks to a fat campaign account, he could afford to spend almost $30,000 and still have $91,267.86 left over. In addition to the $5,000 his kicked in to the Friends of Team 46 Slate, large payments were made to Martin-Lauer Associates ($2,500) and his manager, Tucker Cavanagh ($3,000), a Democratic Party activist who used to work at the Pivot Group, a voter-communications firm that Hammen's campaign paid $3,120 for graphic design. Also benefiting from Hammen's largesse were two other politicians' committees: The Committee to Elect Eric Bromwell ($1,000), a Baltimore County delegate, and Friends of Patrick Murray ($1,000), a Johns Hopkins lobbyist and former top aide to Senate President Thomas "Mike" Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch who is running for delegate in Harford County.   [caption id="attachment_21790" align="alignleft" width="150"]Liam Davis (Photo courtesy of Liam Davis (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Liam F. Davis, after raising about $7,500 and spending almost $5,300, has $6,510.06 left in his campaign account. Top backers include Picorp, Inc. ($1,000), an importer with a shipping-container yard in East Baltimore, headed by Gus Lambrow; European Upscale Redevelopment Organization LLC ($2,000), headed by Eric Ludwigsen, which provided an in-kind donation of Little Italy office space; and Cockey's of Fells Point ($1,337), a tavern on Gough St. that provide a discount on libations for a fundraiser. Davis also got $500 from the campaign of his boss, Baltimore City Council president Bernard "Jack" Young, for whom Davis works as a community liaison. Davis' biggest costs were for a fundraiser catered by Mission BBQ ($1,377.44) and yard signs produced by Kansas-based Gill Studios ($750.65).   [caption id="attachment_21793" align="alignleft" width="150"]Brooke Lierman (Photo courtesy of Brooke Lierman for Delegate Facebook page) Brooke Lierman (Photo courtesy of Brooke Lierman for Delegate Facebook page)[/caption] Lierman is an attorney whose father is former Maryland Democratic Party chairman Terry Lierman, a family connection that may partly explain her success as a political money magnet who raised about $37,500 and spent almost $95,000, leaving a balance of $47,608.14. Lierman's top benefactor was 1199 SEIU – NYS Political Action Fund ($6,000), one of the healthcare-and-public-employee union's main vehicles for making political donations around the country. Next up were an in-kind donation of a video produced by Houpla, Inc. ($2,043.75), a Baltimore media and branding company, and an in-kind donation of an advertisement by Edwin Warfield ($1,750), the former Daily Record owner who now heads, a business e-newsletter. Other big-money donors were: real-estate executive and George Washington University trustee Morton Funger's The Funger 2008 Trust ($1,000); Pompeian Olive Oil executive Frank Patton ($1,000); White House Office of Public Engagement associate director – and Lierman's brother – Kyle Lierman ($1,000); Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit therapist Lois Feinblatt ($1,000); and the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 486 PAC ($1,000). The Lierman campaign invested heavily in political consulting, direct-mail services, and campaign materials by Moore Campaigns (nearly $44,000), a D.C.-based firm that boasts big-name Democratic clients such as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, but it also paid $7,329.19 to Martin-Lauer Associates, a favorite consultant for Maryland pols. In addition to cutting paychecks to campaign manager Elizabeth Richards ($16,650), a former staffer at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the national party's main organ for electing members of the U.S. Senate, Lierman's campaign anted up $5,000 to the Friends of Team 46 Slate. [caption id="attachment_21794" align="alignleft" width="150"]Bill Romani (Photo courtesy of Bill Romani (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Bill Romani has a tough act to follow in Lierman, but he's done a respectable job building a campaign that has $32,949.48 cash on hand after raising almost $19,000 and spending about the same. It's no surprise, given Romani's position as a local director for the American Association of Retired People, that his top donors are retirees – Peter Romani ($1,500) of Ithaca, NY, Rafael SanJuan ($1,000) of Chicago, and Aaron Knox ($800) of Fort Worth, Tex. – though Theodore Oberti ($1,000), described in Romani's report as a Teamsters union official, was also a big-ticket benefactor. On the spending side this period, Romani's campaign hired D.C.-based Local Politechs Strategies ($13,023.50) as its consultant, and paid $3,500 to its campaign manager, Andrew Mallinoff, a Democratic Party activist and former weight-and-fitness supervisor at University of Maryland's Eppley Recreation Center in College Park. (What follows are analyses of the most recent campaign-finance reports, presented in the order of the most financially active district to the least. The data paint a detailed portrait of the contemporary electoral economy in Baltimore, showing how money is flowing in pursuit of local power this election season. To see a complete introduction and description of the project, start here.) 45th Legislative District: $93,990.23 raised and $176,930.14 spent by 10 candidates In this East Baltimore district, a long-standing incumbent senator is facing a stiff challenge and an open House seat has attracted heavy competition. The Senate race features light fundraising but heavy spending by state Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, and the opposite by his challenger, high-profile political consultant Julius Henson. The primary victor in the Senate race may face independent Daton Lynch in November's general election, should Lynch gather sufficient petition signatures to secure a ballot spot. In the House race, incumbent delegates Talmadge Branch and Cheryl D. Glenn raised hardly any money, but spent liberally, while, among the six challengers, Cory V. McCray stands out as a top fundraiser and spender. The victors will face Republicans Rick Saffery and Larry O. Wardlow Jr. and Libertarian Ronald M. Owens-Bey, should he gain his party's nomination. [caption id="attachment_21795" align="alignleft" width="150"]Nathaniel McFadden (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Nathaniel McFadden (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] The sole donor to McFadden's campaign was City Council president Bernard "Jack" Young's campaign ($500) – though it doled out nearly $72,000 in spending, depleting all but the $13,755.04 remaining. Large amounts went for brochure printing by Sparks-based John E. Schmitz and Sons ($14,237.31), placing yard signs and the like by Robert Holmes ($10,900), polling by D.C.-based Lincoln Park Strategies ($6,000), and yard signs made by Northeaster Signs ($4,865.40).         [caption id="attachment_21801" align="alignleft" width="150"]Julius Henson (Photo courtesy of Julius Henson (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Henson raked in big bucks – an even $45,000 - though the provenance of most of his big-ticket donations is hard to ascertain, since their reported names or addresses lead nowhere in the public record. For instance, the address for two $4,000 donations, 248 High St., is a non-existent property, and the two named donors – "KSH Staffers" and "SookHun Kimp" – are dead-ends in the public records. Another $4,000 donor, "Duele & Unis, Inc.," also doesn't appear in public records and its reported address, "71006 Northern Pkwy," doesn't exist. European Upscale Redevelopment, Davis' landlord, gave $4,000, as did another entity at its address, "GBMA, Inc.," though that company, too, is not found in public records. Two top donors, though, were easily identified: the Prince George's Business PAC ($4,000), headed by businessman Morris Little, and Friends to Elect Joan M. Pratt CPA ($3,000), the campaign of Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt, a long-time confidante of Henson's. Henson's campaign spent nearly $18,000, a modest amount compared to McFadden's expenditures. IQ Associates ($2,500), founded by Iris Queen, a former employee of Henson's political-consulting firm Universal Elections, was paid consulting fees and for procuring campaign workers. Pikesville-based RALCO Products ($7,434.23) provided outdoor advertising and brochures, while Charles Village-based Uptown Press ($5,398.58) produced brochures. Still left is $28,976.80, a sizeable balance going into the campaign's last weeks. [caption id="attachment_21802" align="alignleft" width="150"]Talmadge Branch (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Talmadge Branch (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Incumbent delegate Branch's sole contributor was NAIOP Maryland PAC ($200), which represents commercial real-estate interests, though his campaign spent nearly $40,000, leaving a balance of $11,800.07. His biggest costs were buying campaign materials from RALCO Products ($13,721.51), consulting work from The Mellinger Group ($3,738.72), a $3,000 donation to the gubernatorial election campaign of Anthony Brown, and paying campaign manager Stefan Walker ($1,650) and campaign worker Bridget Young ($2,478).       [caption id="attachment_21803" align="alignleft" width="150"]Cheryl Glenn (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Cheryl Glenn (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Glenn, the district's other incumbent seeking re-election, raised no money and, of the nearly $8,000 it spent, much went to campaign materials produced by Northeaster Signs ($5,437.80) and fundraising assistance from Gladine Harvey ($500) and Glenn's chief of staff, Valeria Boyd ($500). It still has a hefty balance remaining: $44,139.40.           [caption id="attachment_21804" align="alignleft" width="150"]Marques Dent (Photo courtesy of Marques Dent (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Marques Dent, who runs a computer-training program for Baltimore residents, raised about $4,700 and spent almost $10,000, leaving only $403.68 in his campaign account. His biggest contributors were Maria Dent ($1,000), a Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) educator; Gilbert Dent ($1,000) of South Carolina, an Army Corps of Engineers program supervisor; and Midtown BBQ and Brew ($347), a tavern on Centre St. Much of his spending went to campaign materials produced by Uptown Press ($5,273.50) and Canton-based Innovative Concepts and Design ($1,736.34) and consulting services from Silver Spring-based Leverage Communications ($510).       [caption id="attachment_21805" align="alignleft" width="150"]Cory McCray (Photo courtesy of Cory McCray (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Of all the House candidates, McCray's committee has been the most active, raising just over $22,000 and spending about $15,000, leaving it on strong financial footing with $47,422.95 still in the bank. Not surprisingly, given McCray's long history as a union activist, many of his top donors were union PAC, including: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC ($6,000); Communications Workers of America COPE - VA ($2,000), SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($1,000), International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #37 PAC ($1,000), and B.U.I.L.D. Building Unions Individual Labor Donations PAC ($1,000). Also giving big were: the B.E.S.T. Democratic Club PAC ($2,000), the campaign committee of Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott ($1,000), and A/C Power, Inc. ($1,000), a city electrical contractor who president is Kevin E. Cosby. McCray went top-flight in hiring Manhattan-based BerlinRosen Public Affairs ($9,288), which helped drive New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's recent election campaign, to design, produce, and mail campaign brochures. He also paid Westminster-based Lord Industries ($4,044.74) for yard signs, while campaign worker Bernard Turner earned $1,223. [caption id="attachment_21806" align="alignleft" width="150"]Kevin Parson (Photo courtesy of Kevin Parson (Photo courtesy of[/caption] The campaign of Kevin W. Parson, director of education at the NAACP's Baltimore branch, raised about $2,400 and spent about $1,200, leaving it with a balance of $3,534.55. His top donors were Epic Lounge ($500), an bar in McElderry Park; Jimmy's Carry Out, an East Baltimore Chinese restaurant; and Northwood resident Henry James ($200). All of his spending went to yard signs from National Graphics ($308.46), located at the Baltimore County line off Route 40 East, and brochures by Boston-based VistaPrint ($921.99).       [caption id="attachment_21809" align="alignleft" width="150"]Harry Spikes (Photo courtesy of Harry Spikes (Photo courtesy of[/caption] With nearly $10,000 raised and about $5,500 spent, Harry Spikes' fundraising has gotten a boost from his boss, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, for whom he serves as a special assistant. Top donors were heavy hitters in Maryland Democratic Party circles: former Maryland Democratic Party chairman Terry Lierman ($1,200), Cummings' campaign ($1,000), and former political kingmaker and University of Maryland law professor Larry Gibson ($1,000). His spending went largely to rent from the Greater Paradise Christian Center ($650) on Oliver St., yard signs from Bethesda-based Mark Weiss Associates ($1,717.80), and campaign materials produced by Canton-based Print Works ($1,271.04). His campaign still has $5,180.94 on hand.     [caption id="attachment_21811" align="alignleft" width="150"]Robert Stokes Sr. (Photo courtesy of Jefferson Jackson Steele) Robert Stokes Sr. (Photo courtesy of Jefferson Jackson Steele)[/caption] Robert Stokes Sr.'s campaign brought in a little over $9,000, $3,000 of it from the re-election kitty of his boss, City Councilman Carl Stokes (no relation), and $1,000 from Baltimore sheriff John Anderson's campaign. The bulk of his nearly $9,000 in spending went for advertising materials from Uptown Press ($6,407.48). His campaign's remaining balance is $2,116.40.                 [caption id="attachment_21812" align="alignleft" width="150"]Aaron Keith Wilkes (2006 photo from previous CP coverage) Aaron Keith Wilkes (2006 photo from previous CP coverage)[/caption] Community activist Aaron Keith Wilkes is a veteran of many unsuccessful campaigns for elected office, and this year's effort is barely operating, at least from a campaign-finance perspective. His campaign has spent nothing, as of its latest filing, and the money it raised came from Wilkes ($25) and attorney A. Dwight Pettit ($100), so it has a $125 balance. (What follows are analyses of the most recent campaign-finance reports, presented in the order of the most financially active district to the least. The data paint a detailed portrait of the contemporary electoral economy in Baltimore, showing how money is flowing in pursuit of local power this election season. To see a complete introduction and description of the project, start here.) 40th Legislative District: $82,622.48 raised and $98,359.11 spent by 11 candidates State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh didn't draw a challenger in this district, which curves from Northwest Baltimore into the Midtown area and then to Southwest Baltimore, so the action is in the House race, which has drawn seven challengers taking on incumbents Frank M. Conaway Jr., Barbara A. Robinson, and Shawn Z. Tarrant. [caption id="attachment_21813" align="alignleft" width="150"]Catherine Pugh (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Catherine Pugh (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Pugh's campaign finances are worth noting, even though she has no opponent. Of the roughly $6,300 raised, $2,000 came from Rickman Travilah LLC, one of racetrack owner/developer William Rickman's companies. Her campaign spent about $15,500, $5,000 of which went to help pay off longstanding campaign loans owed to former car dealer Scott Donahoo, and another $1,130 went to Gertrude's Restaurant for a fundraiser. Her coffers remain flush, with $128,071.80 still left to spend.         [caption id="attachment_21814" align="alignleft" width="150"]Frank Conaway Jr. (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Frank Conaway Jr. (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Conaway Jr.'s campaign committee has been essentially inactive, raising and spending too little to require reporting. The last activity it reported was in 2012, when it had a $280.04 balance after receiving $967.49 in loans from his father, the elected Clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway Sr., and spending some money on meetings. Presumably, Conaway Jr.'s re-election effort is being underwritten by his father's campaign committee.         [caption id="attachment_21815" align="alignleft" width="150"]Barbara Robinson (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Barbara Robinson (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] The only donation to Robinson's re-election campaign was $200 from Everlene Cunningham, executive director of Starflight Enterprises, a Columbia group-home operator. After spending a little over $10,000 – mostly on brochures by Uptown Press ($5,658) and yard signs by RALCO Products ($1,836) - $10,908.50 remains.         [caption id="attachment_21816" align="alignleft" width="150"]Shawn Tarrant (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Shawn Tarrant (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Tarrant's re-election campaign raised almost $9,000 and spent almost $17,000, leaving $21,630.31 still on hand. His top donors were the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 PAC ($500), Carefirst Bluecross Blueshield Association PAC ($500), and the Health Policy Leadership Alliance ($500), the Maryland Hospital Association's PAC – and the latter two could perhaps be expected, since Tarrant works as an executive for the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb. Much of his campaign's spending went to buying yard signs and brochures by Annapolis-based Cedar Park Communications ($8,766.60), paying field manager Mike May ($2,700), and hiring Bel Air-based Rice Consulting, a go-to political consultant for many Maryland politicians.       [caption id="attachment_21817" align="alignleft" width="150"]Douglas Barry (Photo courtesy of Douglas Barry (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Douglas R. Barry, a U.S. Army veteran and Long & Foster real-estate broker, raised $225 from three supporters, including his campaign treasurer, Gary Sever ($100). The campaign spent $135.68 to print brochures at Office Depot, leaving a balance of $293.54.           [caption id="attachment_21818" align="alignleft" width="150"]Marvin "Doc" Cheatham (Photo courtesy of Marvin "Doc" Cheatham (Photo courtesy of[/caption] The campaign of Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, a retired election specialist with the National Labor Relations Board, is $1,159.04 in the hole after raising $4,250 and spending almost $5,000. Top donors were the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27 PAC ($1,500) and Ida Williams ($500), president of Maryland AFSCME Retirees Chapter 1, which gave $250. In addition to chipping in $1,000 to the Diversity Team Slate, which is supporting the candidacies of Cheatham and Bill Marker in the race, top expenditures included paying Culinary Innovations ($895) to cater a breakfast fundraiser.       [caption id="attachment_21819" align="alignleft" width="150"]Quianna Cooke (2011 photo from previous CP coverage) Quianna Cooke (2011 photo from previous CP coverage)[/caption] Quianna M. Cooke, a retired BCPS educator, raised about $370, mostly from BCPS teacher Merlyn Mayo Bell ($200) and retired federal government computer-systems analyst Milton Langley ($100). After paying community activist Queen Laney ($50) for meeting expenses and a $10 returned-check fee, her campaign has $986.02 left over.         [caption id="attachment_21821" align="alignleft" width="100"]Antonio Hayes (Photo courtesy of Antonio Hayes (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Topping the campaign-finance charts is Antonio Hayes, a Baltimore City Department of Social Services chief of staff who raised nearly $50,000 and spent a little more than $22,000, leaving his campaign with a balance of $33,250.44. Big-ticket donors were SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($4,000), Maryland Teamsters PAC ($4,000), Wylie Funeral Home ($1,500), City Union of Baltimore ($1,500), and accountant Meneisa Hatton ($1,500). On the spending side, Hayes' campaign paid $2,300 for the voter-information software MD VAN, put out by NGP VAN, a technology company that supports Democrats and progressives; and $1,500 to Martin-Lauer Associates for campaign consulting. In addition to renting the Antique Row nightclub Phaze 10 ($2,608) for a fundraiser, other big-ticket items included office rent paid to Rodney Hampton ($1,700), yards signs from Lord Industries ($2,226) and Mark Weiss Associates ($2,305.50), and t-shirts from Brandon Lee of Baltimore-based Bleecasso & Briche Graphics ($2,277.25).   [caption id="attachment_21822" align="alignleft" width="150"]Rob "Bobby" LaPin (Photo courtesy of Rob "Bobby" LaPin (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Rob "Bobby" LaPin, a security consultant who is a U.S. Army veteran and former BCPS teacher, raised $10,750, $10,000 of which he loaned to his campaign. Of the roughly $16,500 spent, much went to brochures from Halethorpe-based Creative Print Group ($4,066.38) and other promotional materials from VistaPrint ($2,271.76), Creative Services of New England ($1,635.96), and Work Printing and Graphics ($1,479.73) in Pigtown. His campaign has $1,307.82 remaining in its account.         [caption id="attachment_21823" align="alignleft" width="150"]Bill Marker (Photo courtesy of Bill Marker (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Attorney Bill Marker, a charter specialist for the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, has $4,621.93 left in his campaign account, after raising about $1,600 and spending nearly $1,800. Top donors include Israel Freedman ($500) of the Gertrude and Israel Freedman Charitable Foundation and Marjorie Roswell ($125), a former spatial analyst at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Top expenditures were $500 given to the Diversity Team Slate and campaign materials produced by Work Printing and Graphics ($770.94). Park Heights resident Timothy Mercer did not file a campaign-finance report. (What follows are analyses of the most recent campaign-finance reports, presented in the order of the most financially active district to the least. The data paint a detailed portrait of the contemporary electoral economy in Baltimore, showing how money is flowing in pursuit of local power this election season. To see a complete introduction and description of the project, start here.) 43rd Legislative District: $74,907.10 raised and$98,472.36 spent by six candidates The Senate race in this North/Northwest Baltimore district is hot, with a veteran member of the Baltimore City Council – Bill Henry (D-4th District) – taking on a veteran senator – Joan Carter Conway – who chairs the House Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. The House race features one challenger, Timothy Vance, taking on incumbents Curt Anderson, Maggie McIntosh, and Mary Washington, and the victors may face independent Greg A. Dorsey, should he garner enough petition signatures to make it onto the general election ballot in November. [caption id="attachment_21824" align="alignleft" width="150"]Joan Carter Conway (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Joan Carter Conway (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Conway's committee took in $32,500 and spent $55,000, leaving a sizeable balance of $83,559.44. Top donors were the campaign of Baltimore County state Sen. Bobby Zirkin ($4,000); Forest Hill-based Home Paramount Pest Control ($4,000); Maryland Oncology Hematology ($3,000), a cancer-treatment firm with offices throughout Howard County; and P&J Contracting Co. ($3,000), a city demolition contractor founded by Pless Jones, the ex-husband of Maryland lobbyist Lisa Harris Jones. Signs by Northeaster Signs ($11,134.24) and promotional items by Ricardo Graphic Designs ($8,340) topped her campaign's expenses, followed by food prepared by Events Catering ($4,275), rent paid to BBB Management ($2,310) for an event held at the Patapsco Arena, and office space leased from Cross Street Partners ($3,000).   [caption id="attachment_21825" align="alignleft" width="150"]Bill Henry (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Bill Henry (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Henry's campaign doesn't have the financial might of Conway's, but is putting up a formidable challenge, having raised almost $25,400 and spent roughly $15,600, leaving a balance of $18,153.38. He's garnered some influential backing from retired Under Armour executive J. Scott Plank, who donated $2,000, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Baltimore City Lodge #3 ($2,000), the campaign of Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft ($2,000), and the Baltimore Washington Construction and Public Employees Laborers PAC ($2,000), while pulling in large donations from Michael J. Byrne ($2,000) and Shannon Colton ($2,000), who run Blue Engine Group, a technology company in Colorado. On the spending side, his campaign invested in the MD Van software ($2,300), with other top costs including yard signs by Alabama-based Gwennies ($3,939.20) and brochures by Lutherville-based Printing Corp. of America ($2,453.90).   [caption id="attachment_21826" align="alignleft" width="150"]Curt Anderson (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Curt Anderson (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Anderson's campaign is in laissez-faire mode, having spent nothing and raised $2,500, leaving a balance of $7,273.03. A lawyer and leading legislative advocate of marijuana legalization and criminal-law reform, Anderson's top donors include the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project ($1,000) and FOP Baltimore City Lodge #3 ($500).         [caption id="attachment_21827" align="alignleft" width="150"]Maggie McIntosh (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Maggie McIntosh (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] The re-election campaign for McIntosh, a Johns Hopkins lobbyist who chairs the House Environmental Matters Committee, raised almost $5,400, spent nearly $17,000, and enjoys a hefty balance of $65,863.18. Her biggest backers were SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($1,000), prominent attorney Jane Wilson ($1,000) of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, and the Mid-Atlantic Community Fund ($1,000), a union PAC that supports politicians who go to bat for working families. Other than spending $4,000 to pay campaign manager Matthew Stegman, her campaign's expenditures were devoted largely to seeding the election efforts of other Maryland politicians: Prince George's County state Del. Anne Healey ($6,000) and Montgomery County state Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo ($1,000), both members of her committee; and fellow Johns Hopkins lobbyist Patrick Murray ($1,000), who's running for state delegate in Harford County.   [caption id="attachment_21828" align="alignleft" width="150"]Mary Washington (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Mary Washington (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Washington, associate director of the parks-advocacy group Parks and People Foundation, added about $9,100 to her campaign coffers and spent almost $11,000, leaving her with $48,125.06 in the bank. Her top donors included SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($1,000); Nettie Legters ($500), a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools; and Yun-Chi Chen ($300), principal investigator at Morgan State University's Laboratory of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Campaign costs included payments to campaign worker and legislative aide Torsten Knabe ($2,700), paying the U.S. Postal Service ( $1,796) for mailings, buying campaign software from Los Angeles-based Nationbuilder ($645), and chipping in $350 to the McIntosh campaign. Vance, who manages an auto-parts store, did not raise or spend sufficient campaign cash to kick in reporting requirements. (What follows are analyses of the most recent campaign-finance reports, presented in the order of the most financially active district to the least. The data paint a detailed portrait of the contemporary electoral economy in Baltimore, showing how money is flowing in pursuit of local power this election season. To see a complete introduction and description of the project, start here.) 41st Legislative District: $55,555 raised and $32,630.49 spent by six candidates With a well-funded challenge being mounted against incumbent state Sen. Lisa Gladden by Park Heights community organizer Will Hanna, the Senate race in this Northwest Baltimore district is worth watching. In the House race, one of the seats currently held by delegates Jill P. Carter, Nathaniel T. Oaks, and Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg may be at risk, thanks to the candidacy of Joyce J. Smith, vice president of Woman Power, Inc., a non-profit co-founded by the late Baltimore City Councilwoman Victorine Adams, a pioneer in the political empowerment of women and African-Americans. [caption id="attachment_21830" align="alignleft" width="150"]Lisa Gladden (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Lisa Gladden (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Despite raising about $6,000 and spending a little over $8,100, Gladden's campaign committee remains severely in the red with a negative balance of $41,581.36, a longstanding problem that dates to at least 2006. Among her top donors are SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($1,000), Maryland Realtors PAC ($500), the Maryland New Car & Truck Dealer Association PAC ($500), the Maryland CPA Committee PAC ($500), BGE State PAC ($500), and Dominion Maryland PAC ($500). Most of the campaign's spending went to pay federal income taxes to the IRS ($3,252.53) and to support Working Together Works for the 41st District Slate ($4,000), a campaign committee working to re-elect the district's incumbents.     [caption id="attachment_21831" align="alignleft" width="150"]Will Hanna (Photo courtesy of Will Hanna (Photo courtesy of[/caption] Hanna is a U.S. Army veteran who runs the New Park Heights Community Development Corporation and the Baltimore Land Trust Development Group (BLTDG), an affordable-housing company. After raising almost $43,000 and spending just over $2,000, his campaign has a balance of $43,182.71 – though he lent his campaign $40,000 of the incoming funds. His top donors are the BLTDG ($4,000), which provided in-kind office rent; Five Mile House ($2,100), a Northwest Baltimore tavern; and FOP Baltimore Lodge #3 ($500). Most of Hanna's campaign spending went to pay for entertainment provided by karaoke DJ Karriem Gardner ($1,800).       [caption id="attachment_21832" align="alignleft" width="150"]Jill Carter (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Jill Carter (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] In the House race, attorney Carter has not yet filed the required campaign-finance report for this period. Her annual report, filed in January, showed a balance of $4,276.06.             [caption id="attachment_21833" align="alignleft" width="150"]Nathaniel Oaks (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Nathaniel Oaks (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Oaks' campaign did not raise or spend enough money to require reporting – though his January report shows his campaign is flush with cash with a $172,543.73 balance.             [caption id="attachment_21834" align="alignleft" width="150"]Sandy Rosenberg (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Sandy Rosenberg (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Rosenberg, a lawyer who's held his seat on the delegation since 1983, drew about $2,000 in campaign donations and spent about $20,000, leaving $20,780.86 in his account. His biggest benefactors were the healthcare computer-programming company Cyfluent ($1,000), SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($500), and Sheila Sachs ($250), a Baltimore lawyer who chairs the state's Judicial Nominating Commission. Topping his expenditures list were donations to the Working Together Works for the 41st District Slate ($11,500) and paying for brochures produced by Creative Print Group ($6,662.20).       [caption id="attachment_21835" align="alignleft" width="150"]Joyce Smith (Photo courtesy of Joyce Smith (Photo courtesy of[/caption] The campaign of Michael Pearson, an Irvington resident, did not raise or spend sufficient funds to require filing a report.   Smith, whose sister is 45th District delegate Glenn, added almost $4,800 to her campaign account and spent about $2,000, leaving a balance of $2,710. Its biggest backers were Smith ($1,000) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters ($1,000), where Glenn works as Maryland political director. Also giving big was Wanda Oneferu-Bey ($500), a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield executive. Smith's campaign invested in online advertising by Baltimore-based Clever Business Solutions ($1,000), a fundraiser at Forum Caterers ($500), and a database system by Rockville-based Newton Group ($500). (What follows are analyses of the most recent campaign-finance reports, presented in the order of the most financially active district to the least. The data paint a detailed portrait of the contemporary electoral economy in Baltimore, showing how money is flowing in pursuit of local power this election season. To see a complete introduction and description of the project, start here.) 44th Legislative District: $36,937.03 raised and $87,753.92 spent by five candidates The 44th's redistricting means the winning senator will represent residents of West Baltimore and a swath a Baltimore county in this city-county district, while the winning delegate will represent the city's portion, a single-member district called District 44A. Incumbent senator Verna Jones-Rodwell filed in the race, but has since announced she her retirement, leaving the other Democrat running – Baltimore County state Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (10th District) – with strong odds being the victor who takes on Baltimore City Republican Bernard Reiter in November's general election. The House race in District 44A features three incumbents – Keith E. Haynes, Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., and Melvin L. Stukes – running for the sole seat. [caption id="attachment_21836" align="alignleft" width="150"]Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Nathan-Pulliam, a nurse, raised a little over $12,000 and spent about $16,500, leaving her campaign with $75,595.94. Her top donors were Nursing and Health Services Training Consultants ($2,000), a home-nursing provider; SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($1,000); and the Committee to Elect Baltimore County Orphans Court Judges ($1,000). Most of her spending was dedicated to paying her campaign manager, Kenneth Brown ($6,000); renting Martin's West ($4,773.88) for a fundraiser; and paying for brochures by Creative Printing ($1,790).       [caption id="attachment_21837" align="alignleft" width="150"]Verna Jones-Rodwell (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Verna Jones-Rodwell (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Jones-Rodwell, who founded and runs the training-and-consulting firm Collaborative Solutions, raised no money, but, after spending about $30,500, still has $32,266.70 in the bank. Her campaign's largest expenditures went to pay political consultants: Lincoln Park Strategies ($6,000) in D.C., Insight Consulting and Associates ($5,617.26) in Owings Mills, Baltimore-based Martin-Lauer Associates ($4,239.09), and DOVE Marketing ($2,500) in Annapolis.         [caption id="attachment_21838" align="alignleft" width="150"]Keith Haynes (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Keith Haynes (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Haynes, a personal-injury lawyer with the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, raised only $200 and spent almost $8,000, leaving his campaign with $24,055.60. His sole donor was the United Transportation Union ($200), and most of his spending went to printing brochures and yard signs by Apple Press ($3,757.64) in Glen Burnie and D.C.-based Moore Campaigns ($2,750).         [caption id="attachment_21840" align="alignleft" width="150"]Keiffer Mitchell (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Keiffer Mitchell (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Mitchell Jr., who has his own public-relations firm, KJM Strategies, raised and spent about $19,000, leaving a balance of $24,278.94. Top donors were D.C.-based ophthalmologist Kenyon Kramer ($4,000) and his wife, Ina Rae Kramer ($4,000); the campaign of Maryland Senate President Thomas "Mike" Miller ($2,000); and Maryland lobbyist Lisa Harris Jones ($1,000). His top costs were website development by Local Politechs ($5,500), electoral guidance from Rice Consulting ($4,322.36), yard signs by Apple Press ($1,909.60), and campaign materials by Hagerstown-based Tri-State Printing ($1,702.96).       [caption id="attachment_21841" align="alignleft" width="150"]Melvin Stukes (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual) Melvin Stukes (Photo courtesy of Maryland Manual)[/caption] Stukes, who works for the Maryland Transit Administration as special assistant to the director of the Office of Customer Information, raised about $5,500 and spent almost $13,400, leaving a meager balance of $2,842.16. Among his top donors were Butler's Bar-B-Que ($450) in Halethorpe, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors PAC ($250), Baltimore City Firefighters PAC ($250), former Baltimore City NAACP president Rodney Orange ($250), former Baltimore City lobbyist Mary Pat Fallon ($250), and Henson Development Company ($250), run by former Baltimore Housing Authority commissioner Daniel P. Henson III. Almost half of his campaign's spending was paid to himself, presumably as reimbursements, for costs listed as "caterer, hall rental, entertainment" ($3,000), "field labor, meals, van, gas, sign postings" ($2,500), and "field labor/signs" ($500).