WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Delaney, the first-term lawmaker in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, made an $800,000 contribution to his campaign late last month, records filed over the weekend with the Federal Election Commission show.
The Potomac Democrat is expected to win reelection on Tuesday -- none of the independent political handicappers consider the race competitive -- but the 6th has emerged in recent weeks as the most expensive and spirited of any of the state's eight congressional races.
Both Delaney and his Republican opponent, Dan Bongino, are airing negative television ads in the district. And both have been raising a substantial amount of money. Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, has developed a national following with appearances on conservative media.
In a statement, Delaney spokesman Will McDonald said the congressman had always intended to write himself a large contribution.
"From the beginning, we had planned to run a robust campaign, which included John making a personal contribution," McDonald said.
Bongino read the last-minute contribution differently.
"He is in a world of trouble right now," Bongino said in an interview. "The negative ads are not helping him at all."
Delaney, a former banker, is among the most wealthy members of Congress. He spent $2.5 million on his 2012 campaign, in which he beat 20-year incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett in a district that had been redrawn to be more favorable to Democrats.
Records show Delaney made the contribution on Thursday.