Slate leads in campaign financing

March 04, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

HAGERSTOWN - Campaign finance documents filed last week reveal a flurry of political activity before next Tuesday's City of Hagerstown primary election.

The reports, due last Friday, are the third in a series of reports to be filed with the Washington County Board of Elections. They are the last due before the primary. Only one reporting deadline remains before the May 17 general election.

The money, according to the reports, so far has been spent on signs, campaign materials, Web site creation, media advertisement, mailing and banking costs. The reports cover Feb. 2 to Feb. 20.


A Republican slate of candidates continues to have the most money in the bank. It also has spent the most money. Other candidates also began accruing money in the reporting period.

The political action committee established to support the slate, called Friends of Hagerstown PAC, took in $15,225 in contributions beginning Feb. 2.

By Feb. 20, the PAC had received $25,325 in contributions, although in a previous reporting period had to return $1,000 to a contributor because it had exceeded the $4,000 limit. The PAC had $14,783 in the bank, according to the reports.

Since Feb. 2, the PAC has distributed $8,500: $6,000 to mayoral candidate Richard F. Trump; $1,000 to the Rev. Haru Carter Jr., a council candidate; and $500 each to council candidates Ruth Anne Callaham, Scott D. Hesse and Dan G. Kennedy, according to the reports.

Council candidate Torrence M. VanReenen, also a member of the Republican slate, previously had been disbursed $1,000 from the PAC. By Feb. 20, she had received $1,150 in contributions and had spent $630.

Trump has spent the most money of his fellow running mates: $5,211, the reports state. Trump is the only slate member running in next Tuesday's primary because his fellow slate members do not face primary opposition.

The five council candidates running with Trump so far have spent $1,559 among them, the reports show.

Trump, Callaham, Carter, Hesse, Kennedy, VanReenen and the PAC had banked $23,539 as of Feb. 20, the reports state.

By Feb. 20, Kelly S. Cromer, a Democratic council candidate, had received $2,397 in contributions and spent $1,201, according to the reports.

Republican mayoral candidate Robert E. Bruchey II had received $2,353 by Feb. 20. He had spent $1,587, according to the reports.

Councilman N. Linn Hendershot, an incumbent Democrat running for his second term, had received $2,275 in contributions by Feb. 20. He had spent $750, according to the reports.

Ten candidates have indicated they do not intend to raise more than $1,000 during the campaign, and do not have to file finance reports unless they raise more than $1,000.

They include the following Democratic council candidates: Walter "Nick" E. Carter, Ira P. Kauffman Jr., Alesia D. Parson, Henry R. Renner Jr., Donald L. Souders Jr. and incumbents Kristin B. Aleshire, Lewis C. Metzner and Penny M. Nigh.

Also included in the under-$1,000 group are Republican mayoral candidates Anthony T. Campello and Roger Dean Weber, who is running under the name Charlie Baker.

Mayor William M. Breichner, the incumbent Democrat, has indicated he intends to raise more than $1,000, although he has not yet recorded any contributions or expenditures.

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