Posted by: Ann Corcoran | October 19, 2012

Maryland: Contributions pour in to help assure incumbents stay in office

So that they might in turn throw goodies at local projects.

Money isn’t everything, but it sure helps if you are running for political office.*

Today the Maryland Reporter gives us a rundown of which candidates have it, and which don’t in Maryland.  Of course the biggest bucks went to Senator Ben Cardin who in turn is passing out moola all over Maryland these days!

The only incumbent not doing as well as his challenger is Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the 6th District.

Here is Len Lazarick at the Maryland Reporter:

Congressional incumbents in Maryland are crushing their challengers in the crucial fundraising contest, except in the highly competitive 6th Congressional District, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

In the other seven Maryland districts, six Democrats and one Republican have outraised even well-known challengers by figures ranging from 5 to 1 to 400 to 1, based on third-quarter reports filed this week. In the key figure of cash on hand for the five-week run-up to the general election, the incumbents’ margins are even greater.

Reports are incomplete in the U.S. Senate race, but based on unofficial statements from his challengers, Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is still $2 million ahead, having raised $6.5 million, even though independent Rob Sobhani has ploughed in $4.4 million of his own money. Republican Dan Bongino has raised more than $1.1 million.

The figures were compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics based on reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. The center’s charts make the numbers easier to compare, and contain links to more detailed accounting and other information for each candidate.

Click here to see the Maryland Reporter’s breakdown of candidates and funds they’ve raised.

I had to laugh today when I heard on the our local radio station that Hagerstown and Washington County were getting some federal grants thanks to ol’ Ben.  Then, just now checking my alerts, I see that Ben and Babs were out and about throwing your tax dollars all over the state.   Here in Baltimore, and here in PG County,  and then here to ‘violence against women’ groups.  Where is the grant for violence against taxpayers?

* It might not work at the Senate level, and I’m sure you will tell me it’s naive, but I would love to see someone run for office mostly just wearing out their shoe leather by meeting voters over months and months (a year maybe) in advance.  Of course the candidate would need a little money for some literature and some yard signs and lots of volunteers, but frankly all this fundraising stuff is a real turnoff (not to mention that you know that big donors have a little extra entree should the candidate win office).



  1. The reason almost nobody knows who Dan Bongino is is that he has depended mostly on shoe leather and volunteers. It’s not a viable strategy for a state-wide race. Many more people know who Rob Sobhani is because he can fund himself and he’s flooded the airwaves with ads. I’d rather have a lot of fundraising than having just rich people and incumbents being competitive.

  2. Perhaps we should have the NRA explain in print why it endorsed Romney and Harris but not Bongino.

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    • Agreed! Let’s try to find out what is going on with them?

    • Because they don’t endorse candidates who haven’t been in office and don’t have any votes to score. They gave him an AQ, which means an A based on his answers to their questions. Ben Cardin got an F. Here’s the page and you can check all the Maryland candidates. Ken Timmerman got an AQ also.

      • Thanks Judy, that is a very interesting link!

  3. […] Ben is sure good at delivering the goodies (taxpayer-funded goodies!) as we recently pointed out here.  Basically Callaham is saying that no new fresh candidates need apply because they have to have […]

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