Maryland Del. Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County) raised nearly $260,000 between January and early April in her bid to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, more than any other opponent’s reported haul in a GOP primary marked by anemic fundraising.
Szeliga had $190,000 as of April 6 to spend in the final stretch of the campaign after spending about $220,000, according to her latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The report precedes her $120,000 ad buy to air a commercial in the Baltimore market through the April 26 primary.
A recent Washington Post and University of Maryland poll, conducted before Szeliga went on air, found that six in 10 likely Republican voters in Maryland had no preference in the Senate primary, possibly a reflection of the low name recognition of the candidates and the dearth of advertising in the race.
The pre-primary finance report is not yet posted for Chrys Kefalas, a trade association executive who had $91,000 heading into 2016, and his campaign declined to release it.
Former Pentagon official and Capitol Hill lawyer Richard Douglas, who finished a close second in the 2012 Republican Senate primary, reported raising just $6,000 since the first of the year and having $3,900 in the bank for the campaign’s final weeks.
Tire company owner Joseph Hooe said he had roughly $1,000 after raising $13,000 in the same period. Conservative activist Dave Wallace reported loaning himself $27,000 and having a little more than $10,000 on hand.
The fundraising and spending in the GOP Senate race pales in comparison to the close and hard-fought Democratic match between U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards.
They raised $2.8 million and their spending eclipsed $4.5 million in the early 2016 period And that doesn’t include millions in spending by outside groups.