The Democratic National Committee is sending money to Maryland to help the state party’s efforts to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan and his Republican colleagues in other offices this year.
The $85,000 grant will help the Maryland Democratic Party reach out to voters, especially those who are young, African-American or in rural areas.
State party chairwoman Kathleen Matthews said the grant will help the party build on its “unprecedented investment” last year that resulted in Democratic candidates ousting Republican mayors in Annapolis and Frederick.
“This investment from the DNC will help us build on last year’s election victories in Maryland to win back the Governor’s Mansion and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” Matthews said in a statement.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez, a former Montgomery County councilman and Maryland labor secretary, said in a statement that the money “will amplify organizing efforts across the state.”
The grant to Maryland, part of the national organization’s State Party Innovation Fund, is modest compared to recent DNC spending in elections in other states, including $1.5 million that the national party spent helping elect candidates in Virginia, including Gov. Ralph Northam, and $1 million spent in Alabama to support the election of Sen. Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore.