Dels. Michael L. Vaughn (D-Prince George's County) and Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George's County), Chair, Economic Matters Committee.
Dels. Michael L. Vaughn (D-Prince George's County) and Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George's County), Chair, Economic Matters Committee. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Democrat Del. Dereck E. Davis will report raising $188,000 in his bid for Maryland's 4th Congressional District, his campaign said Tuesday.

Davis, the powerful chair of the state's House Economic Matters Committee, announced would run for the seat on April 15, two weeks into the second quarter. The campaign will report having $168,000 on hand.

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"It is clear that we are bringing together a campaign that can empower Maryland families and small businesses," Davis said in a statement.

All the candidates who raised money during the second quarter will be required to report their fundraising activity to the Federal Election Commission by midnight on Wednesday. Former State's Attorney Glenn Ivey will report raising $275,000 with $320,000 in the bank.

A campaign spokeswoman said Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk will report raising $168,000 in the second quarter.

Peña-Melnyk's campaign declined to disclose a cash on hand number. Also, a review of her filings shows that the Federal Election Commission wrote on June 16 to note that Peña-Melnyk's campaign has accepted about $7,000 in "prohibited" donations from groups not registered with the FEC. Those groups appear to be state political committees controlled by candidates for office in Maryland.

Ivey, Peña-Melnyk and Davis are part of a large field of candidates running to replace Rep. Donna F. Edwards, the Prince George''s County Democrat who is seeking the Senate seat that will be left open in 2017 by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, former County Council member Ingrid M. Turner and former candidate Warren Christopher are also seeking the Democratic nomination.

Brown's numbers could be particularly noteworthy. As a former statewide official, Brown should be able to raise a significant amount of cash. But the campaign's decision not to disclose its activity along with the other candidates could suggest a less impressive sum. Brown's campaign also released an internal poll days before the disclosure period began.

That internal poll showed Brown with a large lead. The Ivey campaign responded by releasing its own poll that showed a much closer race.

The 4th District is based in Prince George's County but it also includes parts of Anne Arundel County and is reliably Democratic in the general election.

Corrected: An earlier version of this item included numbers from Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk that did not reflect fundraising in the second quarter but rather fundraising "since filing."

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