Edwards raises $639,000 in Q3

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A look at the third quarter campaign finance reports from Maryland candidates for Congress.

Third quarter raised // Cash on hand


(Candidates with a plus sign indicate information comes from an FEC filing; others are based on media releases).

4th Congressional District


+Anthony Brown, D. // $180,018 // $252,981
+Del. Dereck Davis, D. // $125,194 // $206,030
+Glenn Ivey, D. // $128,163 // $391,460
+Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D. // $140,471// $304,534 (4)
+Ingrid Turner, D. // $15,292 // $135,233
+Terence Strait, D. // $7,338 // $8,408(2)
+Lisa Ransom, D. //$5,644 // $1,488

6th Congressional District
+Del. David Vogt, R. // $34,482 // $29,040 (5)
+Amie Hoeber, R. // $184,948 // $147,473 (1)

8th Congressional District
+Kathleen Matthews, D. // $564,221 // $891,716
+Sen. Jamie Raskin, D.  // $375,753 // $693,917
+Del. Kumar Barve, D. // $132,505 // $276,344
+Dave Anderson, D. // $68,107 // $48,099 (3)
+Will Jawando, D. // $162,650 // $196,481

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D. // $950,000 // $4.1 million
Rep. Donna F. Edwards, D. //$638,525 // $368,507


(1) Includes a $100,000 personal loan.
(2) Includes a $1,172 personal loan.
(3) Includes $13,540 in personal contributions and a $30,000 loan.
(4) Includes a $1,968 contribution from the candidate.
(5) Includesa a $1,500 contribution from the candidate.

4:37 p.m., Oct. 16:

HANOVER, N.H. -- Rep. Donna Edwards, the Prince George's County lawmaker running for Senate in Maryland, will report raising $639,000 in the third quarter of the year, her campaign announced on Friday.

Edwards will report having $368,000 on hand, the campaign said. That's less than the roughly $419,000 she reported having on hand at the end of the second quarter -- meaning she is spending more money than she's taking in.

The on-hand number is a tough one for Edwards, particularly given that her opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County, will report having $4.1 million on hand.

The Edwards campaign touted its base of small donors. Ninety-five percent of its money, an aide said, are under $200.

"In just four months, we've seen 24,000 contributions and over 100,000 grassroots supporters engage in her race for the United States Senate," campaign spokesman Benjamin Gerdes said in a statement.

Two pieces of good news for Edwards: Her third quarter take wasn't that far off Van Hollen's. He raised $950,000. She took in $639,000.

Edwards was also one of the few candidates in Maryland who raised more in the third quarter than in the second.

Still, Edwards has a big climb in the cash-on-hand department if she wants to be competitive with Van Hollen's advertising next year.

9:18 p.m., Oct. 15:

Del. Dereck Davis, the Democratic chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, will report raising $125,000 in his bid for the 4th District -- putting him on the low side of the top-tier candidates.

Davis will report having $200,000 in the bank, less than Ivey, Brown and Peña-Melnyk. It's likely enough to still be a threat, especially given that few of the 4th District candidates are reporting huge numbers, but it means folks will be watching his next quarter closely.

In a statement, his campaign manager did offer some interesting insight into why so many candidates are below their Q2 numbers.

"We expect to report less raised this time around than in our second quarter report," said Davis campaign manager Jessica Semachko.  "Summer is traditionally a difficult time to raise funds, people are more likely to be on vacation than paying attention to politics."

Okay, that seems plausible.

Former Prince George's County Councilwoman Ingrid Turner will report raising $15,292, according to an item in the political blog Maryland Scramble. She has just over $135,000 on hand, about $100,000 of which is a large loan from the second quarter.

4:32 p.m., Oct. 15:

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Montgomery County Democrat who is running for Senate in Maryland, will report raising $950,000 in the third quarter of the year -- a sizable figure that is nevertheless smaller than his take in the second quarter.

Van Hollen, who has so far dominated fundraising and who is already running a broadcast television ad in Baltimore, will report having $4.1 million on hand, his campaign said.

Van Hollen and Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Prince George's County are running for the seat that will be left open in 2017 by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Campaigns throughout the state and country are reporting their fundraising for July through September in advance of the filing deadline at midnight Thursday. Most campaigns in Maryland are posting smaller figures during the summer months. Van Hollen raised about $1.5 million in the second quarter.

Edwards has not yet disclosed her third-quarter fundraising.

Van Hollen's campaign has stressed their candidate's support from inside Maryland, saying in a press release Thursday that 78 percent of its donors are state voters. Edwards, on the other hand, has frequently pointed to her share of small donors as an indication of grass roots support.

2:43 p.m., Oct. 15:

Pretty decent number for Will Jawando, the former Obama administration aide who has previously run for the General Assembly but is making his first bid for Congress. In fact, Jawando has outraised Barve by a little bit.

Jawando has received less attention than some of the other big names in the race, but he's on message in forums, and he's clearly working hard at fundraising. In short, keep an eye on this guy.

2:20 p.m., Oct. 15:

Anthony Brown had a decent quarter, outraising Glenn Ivey for the first time since the two Democrats launched their campaigns. Brown, the former lieutenant governor, raised $180,000. Brown still has an on-hand deficit -- Ivey has nearly twice as much in the bank.

Still, Brown appears to be the first candidate to report who has exceeded their Q2 figure.

Brown camp reports no loans from candidate.

1:36 p.m., Oct. 15:

Glenn Ivey, the former Prince George's County State Attorney, reports raising "nearly" $130,000 in his bid for the 4th Congressional District -- way under the $275,000 he raised in Q2. That number is similar to what Brown raised in the second quarter -- a figure that many, at the time, saw as disappointing.

There seems to be a trend developing here in all of these reports. Most candidates are coming in under Q2. A theory: Maybe folks hit up their initial networks for cash and tapped them out or have had trouble expanding those networks?

It's worth noting that if you're a big donor in Maryland you're getting hit by Senate candidates, presidential candidates and a boatload of House candidates. That hasn't happened in Maryland in sevreal cycles.


11:24 a.m., Oct. 15:


Del. Kumar Barve, the Democratic chairman of the Environment and Transportation Committee, will report raising $132,505 in the third quarter. Barve has long known that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to keep apace of Matthews on the fundraising front.

In another race -- say, the 4th District -- that kind of money would put him in the middle of the pack. In the 8th, though, Barve is being eclipsed on the fundraising front. So the question becomes how he will get his message heard through the Matthews and Raskin barrage.

10:25 a.m., Oct. 15:

Two of the leading Democratic candidates for the 8th District, Kathleen Matthews and state Sen. Jamie Raskin, are reporting large hauls in the third quarter, with Matthews putting her figure at just over $564,000 and Raskin posting at $375,000.

Both camps say there's no loan money included in their numbers.

A big question about the 8th District has been whether Matthews and Raskin could sustain the eye-popping figures they posted in the second quarter. Based on the bottom line figure alone, it's clear that Raskin's number is down from Q2, when he raised $553,538.

Matthews raised $501,105 in Q2, but it's worth noting that she raised that money over a single month (she got into the race in June). So, in that sense, her number is also lower than it was last quarter.

That said, both camps clearly have enough cash on hand to be competitive -- and, pending a surprise, it will likely represent some of the biggest numbers posted by candidates anywhere in the state.

8:02 a.m., Oct. 15:

Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk becomes the first major candidate in the 4th Congressional District to report her numbers. She raised $139,000 in the third quarter, according to The Post. That's about $40,000 less than the $181,213 she raised in Q2.

6:05 p.m., Oct. 14:

The first campaigns to report numbers in Maryland are two Republicans running in the 6th District, against incumbent Democratic Rep. John Delaney. Neither camp is posting big bucks, at least not the kind that will be needed to take on Delaney -- who has proven to be both a prolific fundraiser, and also someone who is willing to put millions of his own money into a race.

Republicans are hoping that Delaney will be vulnerable in 2016 because of how close Dan Bongino came to beating him last year. Conventional wisdom offers two arguments against this thinking: One, turnout was way down in Montgomery County last year (see Hogan, Larry) and it may not be that low again in a presidential year. Two, Bongino was a tireless campaigner who leveraged his frequent appearances on conservative talk radio into a national fund raising base.

It remains to be seen whether Republicans Amie Hoeber or David Vogt can pull that off. It's interesting to note that Hoeber gave herself a $100,000 loan.

5:36 p.m., Oct. 14:

The deadline for campaigns to file third quarter FEC reports is midnight on Oct. 15.

A point to keep in mind regarding the Senate contest. The actual Federal Election Commission reports generally do not post at midnight on the filing deadline. That's due to the fact that senators and Senate candidates do not file reports electronically like their counterparts in the House. Instead, the Senate allows incumbents and candidates to file on paper, which FEC staff must scan in to post on-line.

5:29 p.m., Oct. 14:

Perhaps the most significant third quarter number revealed to date in Maryland has not come from a candidate, but rather a potential candidate. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Baltimore Democrat, has flirted for months with the possibility of a campaign for Senate, but his most recent fund raising shows he is doing little to ramp up for such a possibility.

Cummings raised $135,474 into his House account -- money that could be used for a Senate race -- and has $980,916 on hand. That's almost identical to what he raised in the second quarter. Cummings has said he will announce whether he'll seek the seat later this month.

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