State Roundup: Moore raises $1.7 million; Cox brings in $204,000; Blair outspent himself; former Del. Smigiel dies

State Roundup: Moore raises $1.7 million; Cox brings in $204,000; Blair outspent himself; former Del. Smigiel dies

Gubernatorial candidates Dan Cox, left, and Wes Moore are not currently in a tight money-raising race. Photo mashup by Cynthia Prairie.

MOORE BANKS $1.3M; COX $204,000: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore and his lieutenant governor running mate, Aruna Miller, reported having more than $1.3 million in the bank, according to campaign filings. Republican nominee Dan Cox, a first-term state delegate, had not yet announced any fundraising details or filed his report by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.

  • Moore raised $1.7 million in the five weeks after the July 19 primary, and $2.3 million total since the last campaign finance update in early July. Cox raised $204,000 and spent $252,000 during that same five-week time period, leaving a balance that includes some earlier money of $141,000, his report shows. Hannah Gaskill and Sam Janesch/The Baltimore Sun.
  • Notably, Moore’s donors include Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, the Republican nominee for state comptroller – who has worked to distance himself from Cox and former Anne Arundel County Councilmember Michael Anthony Peroutka, the GOP nominee for attorney general. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

BLAIR SETS NEW SPENDING RECORD; BREAKS HIS EARLIER ONE: Potomac businessman David Blair – who lost his bid to oust incumbent Marc Elrich by 32 votes in the July Democratic primary for county executive – set a new record for spending in that contest, according to a campaign finance disclosure report filed late Monday with the State Board of Elections. Blair ended up breaking his own spending record from the 2018 county executive primary. In both races, most of the millions he spent came out of his own pocket. Louis Peck/Bethesda Beat.

SINCLAIR BROADCAST FAMILY HELPED FUND VIGNARAJAH SUPER PAC: Four members of the family that founded Baltimore County-based Sinclair Broadcast Group and Orioles CEO John Angelos were among the funders of a super PAC supporting Baltimore City State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah that is only now revealing where its money came from. Justin Fenton/The Baltimore Banner.

OPINION: DAN COX UNFIT TO GOVERN: There was already plenty of evidence that Del. Dan Cox, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, is unfit to lead Maryland. But now we learn that Cox had been an active poster on Gab, one of the internet’s better-known and most nauseating cesspools of conspiracy-mongering, florid antisemitism and white supremacist hate speech. The Editorial Board/The Washington Post.

CARROLL PREPS FOR GENERAL ELECTION: With the gubernatorial general election just over two months away, preparations are in full swing at the Carroll County Board of Elections. Election Director Katherine Berry said that as of Tuesday, there were 128,824 active registered voters in Carroll County eligible to cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 general election. Sherry Greenfield/The Carroll County Times.

CHINA TODAY: Maryland Reporter’s Len Lazarick is looking for a couple more participants to take a personal development course he is launching called China Today, based on his 30 years of dealing with China. This discussion group will meet at Howard Community College in Columbia where Lazarick teaches East Asian history. It starts Sept. 8 and meets for 4-6 p.m. for six Thursdays. Click here to sign upIt will examine the last 100 years of China-U.S. relations with a focus on China’s society, culture, economy, and politics. The class will discuss the current state of relations and the hot topic on China in the news. Tuition: $129   No class Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 13 & 27, and Nov. 10.

LABOR AGREEMENT REACHED ON PURPLE LINE CONSTRUCTION: The contractor hired to complete Maryland’s Purple Line construction has reached an agreement with a major labor union, ending months of negotiations over guaranteed wages and benefits, project officials said. Katherine Shaver/The Washington Post.

STATE IG: ETHICS REPORT ON PG SCHOOL BOARD ‘FACTUALLY INACCURATE:’ An ethics report that implicated wrongdoing by a majority of the elected members of the Prince George’s County Board of Education last year misattributed or ignored contradictory information and included opinion-based conclusions and inaccuracies, according to a damning new review by Maryland’s inspector general for education. Danielle Gaines/Maryland Matters.

LATE HYATTSVILLE MAYOR ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLEMENT: Kevin Ward, a beloved mayor of Hyattsville whose death by suicide this year shocked his family and community, had been accused of embezzling millions of dollars from one of the largest charter networks in the District, according to a complaint filed by federal prosecutors. Lauren Lumpkin and Katie Mettler/The Washington Post.

HISTORY SAYS, TERM LIMITS IN B’MORE HAVE GOOD CHANCE OF PASSING: Ballot questions in Baltimore almost never fail. Over the past two decades, more than 100 questions have been put to city voters. During that time, voters have rejected only one question, a 2004 effort to lower the minimum age to become a council member. That makes the odds high that Baltimore voters will approve a proposed two-term limit for the city’s top elected officials. Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.

PORTION OF THURGOOD MARSHALL STATUE DAMAGED: After some cracking was discovered near the top of the columns that stand behind the statue of Thurgood Marshall on Lawyers Mall in front of the Maryland State House, the columns and the tablets on top of them were placed in storage last week, state officials say. Dana Munro/The Capital Gazette.

UM COLLEGE PARK TO RAISE STUDENT WORKER SALARIES: The University of Maryland, College Park, will be increasing its minimum wage for students workers to $15 an hour beginning in 2023, the school’s president said. Johanna Alonso/The Daily Record.

FORMER DEL. SMIGIEL DIES AT 64: Former Del. Michael D. “Mike” Smigiel Sr., a Republican whose ardent support for gun rights and the death penalty gained him respect without costing him the affection of his Democratic colleagues, died Sunday of heart disease. He was 64. Steve Lash/The Daily Record.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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