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Scott raises close to $100,000 in Baltimore mayoral campaign’s last days; Nick Mosby makes deadline after earlier misses

Democratic mayoral candidate Brandon Scott playfully lunged toward a ballot drop box Nov. 3, 2020, before depositing his ballot outside Forest Park High School.
Democratic mayoral candidate Brandon Scott playfully lunged toward a ballot drop box Nov. 3, 2020, before depositing his ballot outside Forest Park High School. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore Mayor-elect Brandon Scott raised nearly $100,000 during the final days of a race he was strongly favored to win, a campaign finance report filed Tuesday shows.

Scott, a Democrat who is currently City Council president, received maximum contributions of $6,000 from three donors on his most recent finance report. It details donations and spending between Oct. 19 and Nov. 10.

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Two of those contributions came from out of state donors — Yoel Breuer of Monroe, New York, and Gary Stivaly of Little Falls, New Jersey.

A third came from P&J Contracting Co. Inc., a construction firm managed by president Pless B. Jones, a supporter of former Democratic Mayor Sheila Dixon. Jones gave Dixon $6,000 in the primary and participated in a protest in March of a bill Scott championed to increase union representation of workers employed by city contractors.

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Scott narrowly defeated Dixon in the crowded June primary, and Dixon endorsed Scott on Oct. 24. P&J Contracting made its contribution the day before, finance records show.

Scott handily won the Nov. 3 general election with almost 71% of the vote, according to unofficial results, defeating independent candidate Bob Wallace, who trailed with 20% and Republican nominee Shannon Wright who received 7%. David Harding of the Working Class Party received less than 2%.

Baltimore’s election results are expected to be certified this week.

Wallace, who had spent nearly three times as much as Scott on the race as of mid-October, sunk another $205,250 into the final leg of the campaign, his report filed Tuesday showed.

He raised another $70,234 during that period, including three maximum $6,000 donations each from Gayle Kelly of Lutherville and two businesses listed at an address in Gywnn Oak — BKJ Inc. and Yogi Dog LLC. BKJ Inc., owned by Anthony Scott Braglio, operates the strip club Millstream Inn at that address, according to Baltimore County liquor license and federal civil court records.

Braglio also owns Braglio Farms in Baltimore County, which is involved in a legal dispute with animal welfare activists over the care of one of its calves. County police have said that Braglio Farms has been investigated and no evidence of animal abuse was found.

Wallace spent about $96,000 on media in the last days of his campaign, more than $50,000 of it on television. He also bought $19,000 in radio ads and spent more than $16,000 on print advertising.

Wallace’s campaign reported two different balances: a bank account balance of about $101,800 and a cash balance of more than $122,600. Mitchell Schmale, Wallace’s campaign spokesman, said the difference is a result of various checks that are still pending.

Scott’s campaign spent more than $170,000 on television ads in the final days of the general election campaign and another $1,800 for print advertising, his report shows.

He also continued to raise money after Election Day, picking up contributions from several political action committees on Nov. 9, including Friends Of LifeBridge Health ($500); Motor Truck PAC, Maryland ($500), and Venable Maryland ($2,000). Democratic Council Vice President Sharon Middleton’s campaign committee gave $1,000 on the same date.

About $140,000 remains in Scott’s campaign coffers.

Incoming Council President Nick Mosby’s finance report, filed Monday, showed he spent only $252 and raised $1,000 during the last leg of his campaign. Mosby, a Democrat who represents parts of Central, West and South Baltimore in the House of Delegates, defeated Republican Jovani Patterson with 80% of the vote.

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Mosby’s campaign and personal finances were scrutinized in the lead-up to Election Day. He missed three of five campaign finance deadlines, filed amended reports to disclose spending after it occurred and was fined more than $500 in reporting penalties as of the end of October, The Baltimore Sun reported.

At the time, Mosby told The Sun that campaign treasurer Carlton Saunders compiled the records late and had problems with the reporting system that automatically populates fields for expenses. Saunders was again listed as Mosby’s campaign treasurer on the latest report.

The report shows Mosby entered the fundraising period with $35,622 on hand, a figure that matches the cash balance listed on the third of three amended finance reports his campaign filed for the previous period.

Reports filed by Mosby earlier this year had a discrepancy of about $100,000. Amended reports disclosed an additional $86,000 spent in the run-up to the June primary.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Maryland Council 3, which represents state government employees, gave Mosby a $1,000 donation on Oct. 22, his lone contribution of the latest reporting period.

Mosby has also been dogged by questions about a $45,000 federal tax lien filed against him in February. He issued a statement in October, saying the debt stemmed from an early withdrawal from his retirement savings for a series of family tragedies.

Scott is due to be sworn in Dec. 8 and Mosby will take office Dec. 10.

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