Campaign 2000: Notes from the Trail 9/25

September 24, 2000

Campaign 2000: Notes from the Trail 9/25

Backing the Boy Scouts

Candidates for Maryland's 6th Congressional District agree on at least one thing -- they both support the Boy Scouts.

Incumbent Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett asked for Democratic challenger Don DeArmon's position recently after DeArmon's boss, Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard, D-Los Angeles, voted to strip the Boy Scouts of its national charter.

"Attitudes about the Boy Scouts are a good indicator of someone's political views," Bartlett said in a press release. "I was proud to vote 'no' on this latest assault against the Boy Scouts' First Amendment rights by radical homosexual activists and their supporters in the Democratic party.

"Forget what they say and watch what they do... They don't want tolerance. They want to shut down and eliminate any organization, such as the Boy Scouts, who dare to uphold traditional moral values."


DeArmon said he was an Eagle Scout and is a strong supporter of scouting.

"Why is Bartlett attacking me except to distract from his own terrible record. No one in the district I have talked to, has raised this issue," DeArmon said.

DeArmon also refuted Bartlett's claim he influences Roybal-Allard's votes.

"I've never claimed to influence my boss's votes. Staff plays an important contributing role," he said. DeArmon is on leave from Roybal-Allard's staff while he campaigns for Congress.

Double givers

AT&T is the leader when it comes to giving "soft' money to both sides of the aisle. "Soft" money is contributions made outside the limits and prohibitions of federal election laws. There is no limit on how much a company or person can contribute in "soft" money.

According to Common Cause, AT&T has given $1,110, 350 to Democratic national committees and $1,823,658 to Republican national committees, a total of $2,934,008.

Other top five double givers are: Microsoft Corp., $809,292 to Democrats and $996,478 to Republicans for a total of $1,805,770; oil and gas supplier Enron Corp., $435,065 to Democrats and $1,222,210 to Republicans for $1,657,275; mortgage company Freddie Mac, $575,000 to Democrats and $936,000 to Republicans for $1,538,000; and Philip Morris Cos. Inc., $176,663 to Democrats and $1,358,203 to Republicans for $1,534,866.

Common Cause compiled the information from national party financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission between Jan. 1, 1999, and June 30, 2000.

Getting registered

The deadline to register for the Nov. 7 election in Maryland is Oct. 13 by 9 p.m. The Washington County Board of Elections is at 33 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The phone number is 301-791-3030.

Maryland residents can also request a voter registration application by calling 800-2220-VOTE or at

The deadline in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is Oct. 10. The phone number for voter registration in Franklin County, Pa., is 717-261-3886; in Berkeley County, W.Va., it's 304-264-1989 and in Jefferson County, W.Va., it's 304-728-3246.

Contacting candidates

Don DeArmon's campaign for the 6th congressional district can be reached at 301-416-0017.


State Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick-Washington, is holding a fund-raiser 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hampton Inn off I-70 in Frederick. Edwin Meese III, attorney general under President Reagan, is the speaker. Cost is $100. Checks made payable to "Mooney For Senate" can be sent to 525 Ellrose Court, Frederick, Md., 21703.

Eight seeking seats on Washington School Board

Eight candidates are on the Nov. 7 ballot for the Washington County School Board. Four candidates will be elected to four-year terms on the board.

The candidates are: John W. Cohen, W. Edward Forrest, Edwin M. Hayes, Andrew R. Humphreys, Doris J. Nipps, Roxanne Ober, Bernadette M. Wager and Russell S. Williams.

Election Forums

The Washington County PTAs will hold a dinner and School Board candidates forum on Oct. 12 at the Ramada Inn. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and the forum begins at 8 p.m. Cost is $25. For more information call Jenny Belliotti 301-739-2126.

The Washington County Association of Student Councils will hold a candidates' forum at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 in the technical high school. Student representatives from the county eight high schools will question the board candidates. The forum is not open to the public.

The League of Women Voters-Washington County Unit will hold a School Board candidates' forum at 7 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Classroom Building-Auditorium at Hagerstown Community College. For more information call, Spring Ward 301-790-2800, ext. 409.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will hold a 6th District Congressional forum at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Four Points Hotel.

Women at the Table meeting

Women at the Table will sponsor a "Voices of Experience" meeting on Oct. 14 from 9:30 to noon at the Hagerstown Women's Club. The meeting is for women interested in running for office or being appointed to a government position. The speaker will be state Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington County. For more information, call Sharon Leatherman, 301-223-8874.

- Don Worthington

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