Ferguson, Jones become magnets for money

January 22, 2021

Two years ago, Del Adrian A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) and State Senator Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) were the legislative equivalent of middle-class executives – solid citizens with considerable responsibilities, but not at the center of leadership.

Their campaign treasury reflected this: Ferguson in January 2019 had $ 70,341 in cash; Jones reported $ 45,002 at the bank.

But then an earthquake hit the political world in Maryland: in May 2019, Jones became House Speaker, and Ferguson was nominated to be Senate President in the fall. He officially took over last January. Both have managed to lead record leaders.

Unsurprisingly, CEOs’ new fundraising takeoffs took off. Jones reported raising $ 758,999 between January 2019 and January 2020; Ferguson charged $ 794,198 during that period.

A year later, they both maintained a fairly healthy pace on the recruitment front, even with the COVID-19 epidemic limiting zoom fundraising events. Jones reported raising $ 253,250 between Jan. 9, 2020 and Jan. 13 this year, ending the year with $ 778,100 on hand. Ferguson was even more successful – raising $ 417,019 and reporting $ 1,071,992 at the bank.

It is good to be at the head of the political pile.

The latest financial statements of the campaign leaders, submitted to the Election Council this week, show many similarities. They are laden with contributions from senior executives in energy companies, healthcare providers, cannabis growers, banking and financial interests, gambling concerns and many other business sectors. Labor leaders and union political action committees are also loyal contributors. So do most of the most lucrative lobbyists in Annapolis.

Ferguson and Jones each reported donations of $ 4,000 northeast of Maglev, who is trying to build a high-speed magnetic train between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore – and ultimately, further up the Northeast Corridor.

Both received $ 500 donations from Patrick Hogan, the Chancellor of the University of Maryland for government relations – and the brother of Governor Lawrence Jay Hogan Jr. (R).

Jones’ campaign funding report showed donations of at least $ 35,000 from senior CommuniCare executives, a nursing service provider, and their families. U.S. Representative David J. Tron (D-Md.) Donated $ 4,700. The United Health Company dropped $ 4,500. Anheuser Busch, the beer company, donated $ 4,000.

In all, Jones reported donations of $ 41,150 from political action committees in Maryland and $ 7,500 from out-of-state PACs.

Jones has made a handful of donations to the campaign from her political foundation: $ 3,500 to the Maryland Central Democratic Committee; $ 1,000 to Nicole Harris-Crest, daughter of the late Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth Harris, who unsuccessfully ran for her father; To the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee, and $ 1,000 to the Georgia Senate Victory Fund.

Ferguson reported receiving $ 61,850 in donations from PACs from Maryland, $ 22,000 from federal PACs and $ 3,000 from out-of-state PACs.

Ferguson presented donations of $ 24,000 from people associated with CommuniCare. The merged transit workers’ union donated $ 6,000. So did Rebecca Siegel, who works at a Bethesda development company, and Scott Ripkin, the Baltimore area health director. Ferguson’s report showed at least a handful of $ 5,000 donations.

Ferguson used his campaign fund to donate to four political candidates: $ 1,000 each to Baltimore senators Jill F. Carter and Mary L. Washington; $ 1,000 to the City Comptroller, now Henry (Wednesday); And $ 500 to Baltimore New City Council member James Torrance (Wednesday).

In addition to their personal campaign funds, Ferguson and Jones also control campaign committees related to the committee officials they lead – although none of them have been particularly active in the past year.

The Senate Democratic Coconut Commission reported $ 7,700 in new donations and $ 100,686 in cash. The House Democratic Coconut Commission received $ 3,539 and cleared $ 67,025.

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