A new political action committee has pumped $83,000 into the Baltimore mayor's race in the final days to benefit lawyer Elizabeth Embry.
The PAC, called Citizens for a Safe Baltimore, is funded by businessmen David Cordish, Mark Joseph and Jack Luetkemeyer, who each contributed $27,500 to the effort. The $83,000 is paying for pro-Embry television ads to run ahead of the April 26 Democratic primary for mayor.
The PAC is operated by Howard County writer Les Cohen, who runs the Baltimore Rising website that has been critical of some of Embry's opponents in the mayor's race, including former Mayor Sheila Dixon and businessman David L. Warnock.
Donors with ties to Cordish, the owner of Maryland Live Casino, also have given more than $60,000 directly to Embry's campaign, including six companies that gave about $6,000 each from the address of The Cordish Cos. headquarters.
The pro-Embry PAC is one of four political action committees spending money in the mayor's race.
The Clean Slate Baltimore PAC, which opposes Dixon and supports state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, was the first to spend money in the race. It has collected $678,000 in contributions, including nearly $600,000 from the Mid-Atlantic Laborers Political Education Fund, a political arm of the Laborers' International Union of North America. The PAC was founded by Alexander M. Sanchez, a former aide to Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The PAC has spent about $240,000 to benefit Pugh, mostly on TV ads.
A third PAC, funded by Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos, is spending money to benefit City Councilman Carl Stokes in the race. Angelos has paid $292,000 into the Super PAC, mostly for TV ads to promote Stokes.
A fourth PAC, called the Mobilization Project, was founded to benefit Dixon. It has received $225,000 from the New Jersey-based Carpenters Fund for Growth and Progress. The PAC is using that money to benefit Dixon by getting her voters to the polls, advertising online and funding yard signs.