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Perini raises almost 3 times more than McKee

October 29, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

Peter E. Perini Sr. has raised almost three times as much as Del. Robert A. McKee, becoming the only challenger to out-raise an incumbent in any of the Washington County races for Maryland General Assembly.

Perini has raised $31,151 to McKee's $11,887, according to campaign finance reports filed last week. The reports, which are the last to be filed before the Nov. 5 election, cover activity through Oct. 20.

McKee criticized Perini for accepting much of his cash from corporations in the health-care industry. Perini is president and CEO of Magnolia Management in Hagerstown, which operates nursing homes in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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"He's a walking conflict of interest when it comes to the nursing home industry. He doesn't have the average citizen like I do," said McKee, a two-term Republican who runs the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

Nearly three-fourths of McKee's campaign fund came from local people, his report shows.

Perini, a Democrat, got nearly the same amount of money from individual donors as McKee. But the total represented less than one-fourth of his campaign fund, the report shows.

The rest of Perini's money came from businesses and political action committees, many of which are in the health-care field.

Perini said the donations don't make him beholden to the industry.

"Quite frankly, I'm pleased people in my profession are supporting me. I am certainly passionate about protecting and supporting the seniors of Maryland. I don't have any apologies of being an advocate of senior citizens all over the state," he said.

Both Perini and McKee have similar amounts left to spend before the Nov. 5 election. McKee has $7,652 and Perini has $7,297.

In all the other local races, incumbents collected more donations than their challengers.

  • Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, has raised $58,063 and has $12,524 left.

  • Munson's challenger, Democrat Mary Newby, has raised $26,505 and has $6,720 left. Of the amount she raised, $20,000 was through loans.

  • Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, has raised $39,852 and has $14,456 remaining.

  • Shank's challenger, Democrat David Russo, has raised $7,627 and has $2,647 left. His total includes a $4,000 loan.

  • Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, has raised $9,877 and has $6,094 left.

  • Donoghue's challenger, Republican Robert E. Bruchey II, has raised $1,700 and has $466 remaining.

  • House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, has raised $812,448 and has $104,312 left.

  • Taylor's challenger, Republican LeRoy Myers, has raised $67,058 and has $4,373 left.

  • Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, said he has raised $800,911 and has $124,900 left. The Maryland State Election Board listed his report as being late. Mooney spokesman Matt Lewis said it was due to a technical problem that the campaign did not discover until Monday.

  • Mooney's challenger, Democrat Del. Sue Hecht, has raised $345,256 and has $36,787 remaining.


Complete campaign finance reports are available at www.electionsmaryland.com on the Web.

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