Del. Michael E. Busch has a massive lead over all District 30A candidates in fundraising, according to campaign finance statements released Wednesday.
The Friends of Mike Busch, the speaker of the House's fundraising arm, raised $266,278 from Jan. 10, 2013, to last Jan. 8, leaving him with more than $443,808 cash on hand. Busch is one of four candidates to file for election in the newly created District 30A.
The district was a product of 2011 redistricting legislation. The two-member district encompasses Annapolis and its outer suburbs.
Donations to Busch's campaign included a $4,000 check from Georgia Angelos, wife of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, and a $1,000 donation from EngagePoint Inc. in July.
EngagePoint was the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software firm hired to build Maryland Health Connection website before it ran into legal trouble and a contract dispute with main vendor Noridian Healthcare Solutions in November.
Busch also received $10,000 in one day from five different companies tied to real estate magnate David Cordish, the man behind Maryland Live! casino.
North East Plaza Associates, Worcester Retail LLC, Edgewater Partnership, Hampton Roads Associates and Holly Hall LLC each donated $2,000 to Busch's campaign on July 17.
All five companies list RC Ventures as resident agent. Reed Cordish, son of David Cordish and vice president of The Cordish Cos., is the resident agent of RC Ventures.
Del. Herb McMillan, R-Annapolis, and his campaign raised more than $55,156 during the campaign cycle, leaving more than $64,000 in cash on hand. McMillan has yet filed for re-election, according to the state Board of Elections website, but is expected to run in the district.
Maria Triandos, an Annapolis Democrat, has $9,231 left in her campaign war chest while Democrat Laurie Sears Deppa's campaign has only $49.30 cash on hand after spending more than $3,285 during the last campaign cycle.
A campaign report for Democrat Chuck Ferrar was not posted to the state's reporting website as of 6 a.m. His campaign manager has been filed.
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