ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Two of Maryland’s recently re-elected Congressional candidates raised the majority of their individual contributions from out-of-state donors, with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, an incumbent representing the 5th District, garnering the largest proportion.
Incumbents such as longtime Rep. Hoyer, D-Mechanicsville, and John Delaney, D-Potomac, faced little opposition during the primary election due to the large gap in money raised over their nearest competitors.
Campaign contributions for House winners from Maryland primarily came from individuals, political action committees and their respective parties.
Hoyer, likely due to his leadership position, raised $3.5 million from the beginning of last year to the filing deadline of Oct. 19, the most among winning candidates. Only 25 percent of his contributions, however, came from individuals, with 65 percent coming from PACs, a Capital News Service analysis found.
Of the $920,000 donated to Hoyer from individuals, 70 percent came from outside the state. Hoyer represents the state’s 5th District, which includes all of St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties and portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.
Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson, who opposes the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC, raised all his campaign donations from individual donors, with almost half, however, coming from outside Maryland. He raised $923,450 since the start of 2015, according to the Federal Election Commission.
In the state’s arguably most competitive general election race, Delaney raised about $1.6 million since the beginning of last year to defeat Republican Amie Hoeber to retain his 6th District seat. Delaney is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and raised more than half a million dollars in individual out-of-state contributions.
Then-state Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, won a competitive April primary in the 8th District against eight other candidates, including millionaire businessman David Trone and onetime local television anchor Kathleen Matthews, to claim Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s seat. Raskin won despite Trone spending $12 million of his own money.
Raskin, who raised approximately $2.4 million since April of 2015, the second-most among all winning Maryland candidates for the U.S. House, has been an outspoken advocate of campaign finance reform and curbing the influence of big money interests in politics. Nearly 73 percent — $1.7 million — of Raskin’s donations came from individuals. Of that, 66 percent came from within in the state.
Raskin, however, took in about $259,000 from political action committees, 10 percent of his contributions.
Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who will replace fellow Democrat Rep. Donna Edwards in the 4th District, had the lowest proportion of out-of-state individual contributions, with less than 20 percent.