Maryland congressional candidate Kathleen Matthews, who has surged ahead of state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) in fundraising, pushed back Monday against charges that her support relies heavily on big money from outside the state.
Matthews, the former WJLA (Channel 7) news anchor and Marriott executive, has raised just over $1 million since announcing her candidacy for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, federal campaign filings show. That includes $564,220 in contributions for the quarter ending Sept. 30.
She has drawn on support from two worlds she knows well: A-list Washington and the hotel and hospitality industries. Major donors include Clinton family friend and political troubleshooter Vernon Jordan ($2,000); Wizards, Mystics and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis ($5,400); and Loews Hotel chairman Jonathan M. Tisch ($2,700).
Raskin reported $375,000 in third-quarter donations, and has less cash on hand and raised overall than Matthews.
The Raskin campaign said that how and where the candidates are getting their money is the more important story.
Raskin had 2,300 individual contributions in the third quarter — including donations of under $200 that are not publicly listed on Federal Election Commission reports, his campaign said.
The campaign released a comparison of the publicly listed donations showing that Raskin had raised nearly twice as much from within Maryland as Matthews — $453,839 to $241,383.
“We’re very proud of the support we’ve gotten in Maryland,” campaign manager Marshall Cohen said. “We’re proud to say we have totally outdistanced the field in terms of getting donors and individuals from Maryland.”
Matthews campaign manager Ethan Susseles said that Matthews had attracted “nearly 2,000” donors in the third quarter, and that the “vast majority” of contributors come from Maryland. He declined to offer specific numbers.
“Voters are very attracted to Kathleen’s message as a working mom who is fighting for working families,” Susseles said in a statement. “And as the fundraising leader in this race, she’s best-positioned to mount a winning campaign.”
The other Democrats vying to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), who is running for U.S. Senate, reported much lower fundraising totals. So far, one Republican, financial services and policy analyst Aryeh Shudofsky, has formally entered the race for the seat in the heavily Democratic district, which includes portions of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties .
Some of the names on Matthews’s donor report read like a class reunion of Clinton administration figures, most of whom remain active in law, lobbying or business. They include former chief of staff Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III and his wife, Donna ($5,400); former White House counsel Jack Quinn ($1,000); former commerce secretary and later Obama chief of staff William M. Daley ($2,700); campaign adviser Mandy Grunwald; former White House special counsel Gregory Craig ($2,700); former deputy attorney general Jamie S. Gorelick ($2,700); and Melanne Verveer, adviser to both President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton ($500).
Matthews, who is married to former Democratic congressional staffer and MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, also drew support from some of the District’s biggest corporate names, including Leonsis, AOL founder James V. Kimsey ($1,000); and former Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth ($2,700).
Matthews collected at least $37,000 from Marriott executives and spouses, including Marriott International chairman J.W. Marriott Jr. and chief executive Arne M. Sorenson. She received donations from industry political action committees that include the American Gaming Association PAC ($2,500) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association PAC ($5,000).
Many of Raskin’s contributions are from lawyers and academics, including University of Maryland historian and economist Gar Alperovitz ($500); former Harvard dean Joseph J. McCarthy ($350); and D.C. Council member and George Washington University law professor Mary M. Cheh ($250). Among the larger contributors from the legal community was lawyer and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos ($5,400).
Raskin, who is married to Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, also did well with Montgomery’s business and real estate development sector, with donations from Tower Cos. partner Gary M. Abramson ($1,000); hotel executive Stewart Bainum Jr. and his wife, Sandra ($5,400 apiece); and property manager and developer Adam Bernstein ($2,700).
Former Obama White House aide Will Jawando reported $162,650 in third-quarter contributions and $196,481 cash on hand. Notable Washington names on his donor list include former Clinton aide and Democratic insider Harold L. Ickes ($1,000); former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart ($2,700); and Bethesda developer Nathan Landow.
Del. Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) reported $132,505 in third-quarter contributions, with $276,344 cash on hand. Barve drew much of his support from Indian American donors. Other donors include Landow ($2,700); auto dealer Jack Fitzgerald ($2,700); and Barwood Taxi chairman Lee Barnes.
Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery) showed $36,000 in third-quarter contributions, and $50,000 of her own money lent to the campaign. She reported about $80,000 in cash on hand.
David Anderson, an adjunct professor who helps run a nonprofit educational organization and only recently entered the race, announced a total of $66,000 raised, including a personal loan of $11,540. His report shows $46,000 cash on hand. As of Monday afternoon, the FEC had not published third-quarter financial data for the other candidate, former State Department official Joel Rubin.