Newcomer Robin Grammer continues to excel in fund raising
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 12:50
 by Ben Boehl

    If the three winners of the election for House of Delegates were determined by who has the most money, Republican newcomer Robin Grammer would be headed to Annapolis.
    Money does not always determine the outcome, of course; Grammer finished third behind fellow House candidates Bob Long and Ric Metzgar in the Republican primary after leading the GOP pack with the most money.
    Nonetheless, a full campaign treasury helps.
    The first campaign finance reports since the June 24 primary were recently released, and the numbers again show Grammer with the most money of all of the local Republican House hopefuls.
    The June 9 to Aug. 14 report shows that the 34-year-old Essex resident raised $4,895 and had only spent just over $200 in that same time period.
    “I have worked hard to connect with the people of our district. Fundraising is just one indicator of our efforts,” Grammer said in an e-mail. “Our hard work is what will get us across the finish line.”
    Grammer acknowledged that he lags in name recognition compared to the other five candidates, who are all in at least their second general election, but he is hopeful that his message and the $11,600  in his account will help him in November.
    “[Fellow GOP nominees] Bob [Long] and Ric [Metzgar] had name recognition in the primary, but they also represent change for Maryland. I’m proud to stand beside them today,” Grammer said.
    “Some of the other candidates have name recognition as well — but they don’t represent change. Our communities want new leadership.”
    Long was right behind Grammer in cash totals, as his last report in June showed him with over $10,000.
    Long has spent almost $6,000 since filing his last report in June; many of those expenditures came right before the June 24 primary. Long has been able to raise almost $4,300 during the summer to rebuild his war chest to $8,532.15.
    Although Metzgar’s finances are not as strong, he followed a similar pattern. Metzgar had around $950 two weeks before the primary and spent close to $800 before June 24. However, he was able to replenish his bank account by raising almost $900 during the summer, including a $500 contribution from 5th District Republican Councilman David Marks, to come up with a balance of over $1,000.

Little Activity for House Democrats
    On the Democratic side, former Baltimore City Councilman Nick D’Adamo had over $108,000 in his campaign account at the start of the calendar year.
    As of Aug. 19, D’Adamo was down to $76,000. His latest report shows that he spent almost $15,000 in the final month of the primary campaign and has not raised any new funds since a $75 check was recorded on June 20.
    Former delegate Jake Mohorovic  has had a quiet summer, with $3,369.20 in his account in early June and a balance of nearly $4,000 going into September.
    Mohorovic spent only $50 and received a $250 transfer from northwestern Baltimore County Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam before the primary and another $250 from Montgomery County Del. Charles Barkley in August.
    D’Adamo and Mohorovic were not part of state Senate candidate John Olszewski  Jr. and Del. Mike Weir’s “Our Team” ticket and have not yet received any funding from any retiring candidates, local Democratic clubs or political action committees.
    Weir received a transfer of $500 from outgoing County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. and another $500 from retiring state Sen. Norman Stone.
    Weir also received a $400 check from the Battle Grove Democratic Club on June 30, a check of over $1,000 from The New 7th District Democratic Civic Club on July 5 and a $2,225 check from the County Seal Democratic Club on July 18. In addition, the Essex incumbent received over $3,300 from nine different political action committees to give him over $11,000 as of mid-August.

Olszewski dominates Salling in Senate race funds
    The numbers are much more lopsided in the 6th District state Senate race. Del. John Olszewski, the Democratic nominee, reported a war chest of $142,539.89. His Republican opponent Johnny Ray Salling, who has received fines for not reporting at the deadline, did file his most recent report on time and showed $244.83 in his account