Duncan Raising Funds Despite Lack Of Opponent
By Manuel Perez-Rivas
This year, no real race has yet emerged, but campaign finance records filed last month show that Duncan (D) has raised $299,670. Although those numbers are surpassed by some of his counterparts from elsewhere in Maryland, Duncan is by far the leading money raiser among Montgomery County politicians.
Campaign manager Jerry Pasternak said Duncan has had an easier time raising money for this campaign because contributors like what he has done in office. "People have seen a track record over three years," Pasternak said.
More than a third of Duncan's cash came from 84 donors who gave at least $1,000 each, for a total of more than $107,000. Three contributors gave the county executive the maximum $4,000 per candidate allowed under Maryland law. And $19,200 of his overall total came from political action committees.
Duncan also had his share of smaller contributors. He showed 142 contributions of $100 or less.
His campaign paid $100,070 in expenses. The single biggest item was fund-raising itself: Duncan spent $44,137 to raise more money. That includes a $14,925 payment to Indian Spring Country Club for his big September fund-raiser.
And records show payments of more than $16,000 to Parsons & Associates, the consulting group headed by Richard Parsons, the former state Democratic Party executive director who organized the fund-raiser.
Political analysts said that Duncan might be raising cash for a future run for governor. Or, they theorized, he could be trying to frighten away any potential challengers for the county executive's job.
Even though no one has announced a run against him, Duncan said he expects someone will. Added Pasternak, "We're not going to scare people away."
But Charles Lapinski, the former president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation who is weighing the possibility of mounting a Republican challenge to Duncan, says the executive's deep pockets will indeed be a factor in his decision.
"You definitely have to pause at that," Lapinski said.
Here is a sample of the top contributors to Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's re-election campaign:
Conrad V. Aschenbach
Auto dealership owner $2,950
Hotel and nursing home executive $1,500
Choice Hotels International
A Silver Spring company in which Bainum is
a major shareholder $4,000
Cook & Associates
A consulting firm headed by Howard Cook, the
county director of liquor control $1,550
Charles A. Dukes Jr.
Chairman of Carey Winston real estate firm $1,000
Euro Motor Cars
Bethesda luxury car dealership $1,200
Other Funger family members gave $2,000 total
Former Maryland Democratic chairman and developer $1,000
Other Landows, four contributions totaling $5,000
R. Robert Linowes
Real estate law firm Linowes and Blocher $1,500
Civil engineering and land surveying consultants $2,000
Mid Atlantic Medical Services
Managed-care health service provider $1,500
Sports team and MCI Center owner $500
Realty Investment Co. Inc.
Silver Spring $4,000
County developer $2,000
Westfield Development Co.
Owners of Montgomery Mall and Wheaton Plaza $4,000
Beretta U.S.A. Corp.
Gun manufacturer $1,000
Bethesda-based aerospace and technology contractor $1,000
Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane
Real estate law firm $1,000
Political Action Committees:
Bell Atlantic MD State PAC $1,500
NatPAC 2000 Individual Account
A committee that favors local and state candidates
who are supportive of Israel $2,000
NationsBank of Maryland PAC $2,000
Montgomery County Medical PAC $1,000
Montgomery County Career Firefighters Association $1,000
Prince George's Professional Firefighters Association $1,000
Source: Duncan campaign finance reports filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections
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