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Entering Baltimore mayoral campaign's final month, Dixon has cash edge over Pugh

Businessman David Warnock spent more than $1.6M in two months on his campaign for Baltimore mayor.

Headed into the final month Baltimore's race for mayor, former Mayor Sheila Dixon has a $100,000 cash advantage over her chief rival, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh.

According to the latest campaign finance reports filed Tuesday, Dixon slightly outraised Pugh during the past two months, giving her $476,000 in her account compared with $371,000 for Pugh. During that time, Pugh outspent Dixon nearly 4 to 1 — $589,000 to $148,000.

The two women, who are competing in the Democratic primary, were virtually tied for the lead in a poll conduced this month for The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore.

"I am proud to have the largest grassroots Baltimore fundraising base in this campaign," Dixon said in a statement.

The report shows Dixon's campaign has received donations from 1,227 individual contributors since the start of the campaign. In the most recent filing, she picked up $12,000 from members of Baltimore's Paterakis family, who developed the Harbor East area; $6,000 from Spinello Cos., a New Jersey contractor; and $1,000 from the State Center LLC.

Pugh's donations include many from business leaders and General Assembly members, including $6,000 from state Sen. Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore and $5,000 from Sen. C. Anthony Muse of Prince George's County. Her expenditures include more than $217,000 on media.

Businessman David L. Warnock, who was third in the recent poll, reported $73,000 on hand. He has spent more than $1.6 million on his campaign in the past two months — including nearly $1.5 million of his own money. He spent more than $1.3 million on media.

City Councilman Nick J. Mosby had $133,000 in his campaign account. He raised $73,000 over the past two months, largely through small donations. At the same time, he spent $143,000, mostly on campaign staff and fundraisers. 

Lawyer Elizabeth Embry reported $246,000 in the bank. She raised $124,000 but spent $272,000 over the past two months. Among her contributions were $200 from former city health commissioner Peter Beilenson; $600 from city solicitor George Nilson; $750 from lawyer John Angelos, a relative of Orioles owner Peter Angelos; and $1,000 from developer J. Joseph Clarke, husband of City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.

City Councilman Carl Stokes reported about $143,000. He raised about $36,000, with much of it coming from smaller donations of $50, $100 and $250. He collected about 10 donations worth $1,000 each and one $6,000 donation from J4P Associates, a company that owns the building the state leases to run the city's District Court on the east side.

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson reported $97,000 cash on hand with $223,000 in donations from nearly 5,000 contributors — dwarfing the number of contributors of any other campaign. Many donations came in small denominations of $3, $5 and $25. He collected about a dozen donations of $6,000. He received checks from people from every state in the country and D.C. — and also some from famous names, such as Susan Sarandon, the actress who recently endorsed him on Twitter.

They are among 13 Democrats vying to replace Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who is not seeking re-election. The Democratic primary is scheduled for April 26. Whoever emerges from the primary faces the winner of five Republicans and three Greens in November's general election. Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 10-to-1 in Baltimore.

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who is seeking re-election, had $664,000, the most cash on hand of any city politician, the reports shows.

Others showing fundraising strength were: Comptroller Joan Pratt, who had $223,000; 11th District City Councilman Eric T. Costello, who had $100,000; Council Vice President Ed Reisinger with $80,000; 4th District City Council challenger Brian Hammock with $88,000; and 1st District Council contenders Zeke Cohen and Scott Goldman with $86,000 and $80,000, respectively. 

The race for Circuit Court judge also was proving expensive. A slate of sitting judges reported $145,000 on hand, while challenger James B. Kraft had $123,000. 

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