Energized by victories this fall, the Maryland Republican Party announced Friday it hired its first finance director since 2008.
Before Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's upset win this November and a wave of Republicans elected into office across the state, the Republican Party had spent years in debt and arguing over a way forward.
Now, the party ended 2014 in black and expects to raise over $1 million next year. The party has actively been raising cash for Hogan's inauguration.
The turn of fortunes for the GOP allowed it to hire a full-time finance director, a job that had been done by a series of consultants when necessary.
The party hired Margot Crouch to create a strategy to attract new donors and convince existing ones to give even more. Crouch has served as the deputy finance director for the Pennsylvania Republican Party.