Candidates Count the Dollars Before They Count the Votes

Campaign contributions have been on the minds of Baltimore City election watchers this season. For community organizers and activists where the money comes from matters. The incumbent mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake leads in the fundraising race. She is criticized in some quarters for being to deferential to “downtown businesses and developers. The Baltimore Brew is building a case that claims the contributions have too much impact on downtown versus citywide interests.

In Baltimore City the Mayoral primaries largely determine who will take office in January. This season there are four serious candidates: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Cathrine Pugh, Otis Rolley, and Jody Landers.

Data from the Maryland Election Center at the University of Maryland shows that these four candidates received the largest proportion of their funds from individuals (including individual ticket purchases). The Rolley campaign received 95 percent of its funds from individual donors (including individual ticket purchases). Jody Landers was the only candidate to receive less than 50 percent of his campaign funds through individual donors. Almost a quarter of his funds are charged to “other income.”

The question at the bottom of all of this data is who gives, and what do they get in return?
(Data Source: Maryland Election Center)