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Del. Kumar P. Barve to report raising $225K

Kumar Barve, second from right, and and John Bohanan, right talk before the meeting begins. At far left is William Frick, then Shiela Hixson.
Kumar Barve, second from right, and and John Bohanan, right talk before the meeting begins. At far left is William Frick, then Shiela Hixson. (Baltimore Sun)

Del. Kumar P. Barve, the chairman of the powerful Environment and Transportation Committee, will report raising about $225,000 in his bid for Maryland's 8th Congressional District, the campaign said Wednesday.

Barve, who is seeking the seat that will be left vacant by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, will report having about $229,000 on hand.

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"Democrats throughout Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties are responding to my quarter-century of leadership and experience on moving our state forward," Barve, a former House Majority Leader in Annapolis, said in a statement.

Barve was the first to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission -- he entered the race in March -- and the only candidate in the race to report first quarter fundraising. His campaign reported raising an additional $66,000 at that time.

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Barve was the first American of Indian descent to be elected to a U.S. state legislature, a distinction that could help him tap into an affluent and politically attuned donor base. He has also received several high profile endorsements in Annapolis, including from House Speaker Michael E. Busch.

Candidates throughout the state are previewing second quarter campaign finance numbers in advance of a midnight deadline to file those reports with the Federal Election Commission. State Sen. Jamie Raskin will report raising $553,000 with over $480,000 on hand; former WJLA anchor will report raising $501,106 with $482,000 on hand; White House aide Will Jawando will report raising $112,000, with $97,000 on hand.

Del. Ana Sol-Gutierrez has not previewed her second quarter fundraising. Former Montgomery County Council president Valerie Ervin did not enter the race until the start of the third quarter.

Fundraising numbers don't offer a complete picture of a campaign's strength. Less well financed campaigns can and do win elections. But absent independent polling, fundraising is one of the only comparable metrics observers can review.

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The Montgomery County-based 8th Congressional District also includes portions of Frederick and Carroll counties and is widely considered safe for Democrats in the general election.

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