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Ivey outraises Brown in 4th District contest

The Baltimore Sun
Glenn F. Ivey has raised more than twice as much campaign cash as his leading rival, Anthony G. Brown.

Former Prince George's County state's attorney Glenn F. Ivey has raised more than twice as much campaign cash in his bid for the 4th Congressional District as his leading rival, former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, disclosure reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission show.

Ivey raised over $116,000 in what amounted to a shortened first quarter --  candidates are still jumping into the contest -- and had about $120,000 on hand at the end of March. His campaign had previously released the top-line numbers.

That compares with Brown, who raised just under $52,000 and had roughly the same in the bank. Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk reported raising $42,500 and spent only a few hundred dollars of it. A report for former County Council member Ingrid M. Turner was not available.

All three Democrats are running to replace Rep. Donna F. Edwards, who is seeking the Senate seat that will be left open in 2017 by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's retirement. The race is still fluid, with several others considering a run. A fifth candidate, Del. Dereck E. Davis, said on Wednesday he will also join the race.

The 4th District is based in Prince George's County but, since the 2011 redistricting, it also includes portions of Anne Arundel County.

Ivey's report named a number of interesting donors, including former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle -- for whom Ivey once worked -- and prominent Baltimore attorney A. Dwight Pettit. Brown received a donation from Terry Lierman, the former Maryland Democratic Party chair who was chief of staff to Rep. Steny Hoyer.

On the one hand, Brown's total was relatively small given he had just come off a statewide campaign for governor, albeit an unsuccessful one. His report notes he is renting a "list," presumably a donor list, from his indebted state campaign account for $2,850.

On the other hand, it's hard to draw too many conclusions from first quarter numbers since they represent only a few weeks of active campaign time.   

"Our campaign to create a better future for the families of the 4th District is off to a great start," Brown said in a statement.

In the 8th Congressional District, which is being left open by Rep. Chris Van Hollen's decision to run for Senate, only Del. Kumar Barve appeared to be raising money during the quarter. His campaign reported bringing in just over $66,000, with about the same amount of money in the bank. 

Reports for the Senate race were not yet available late Wednesday. Both campaigns have disclosed topline numbers -- Van Hollen raised $1.3 million compared with about $335,000 for Edwards. The reports will provide detail about who gave to each campaign and how the candidates are spending money as they ramp up their political operations.

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