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Political Notebook - July 15

July 14, 2013

Mooney war chest $100,000 for W.Va. congressional campaign
Alex Mooney, a former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party who is now running for Congress in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, has about $100,000 “cash in hand” for his campaign, according to his office.
“He stated his second quarter campaign filing will show over $100,000 cash on hand,” according to an email from his office.
“With one liberal Democrat candidate, Nick Casey, already reporting over $400,000 cash on hand, I am the only Republican candidate raising the money to hold this seat for the Republican Party and our conservative beliefs,” Mooney said, according to the news release.
Mooney is a former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, resigning from that post beginning March 1.
He was a senator in the Maryland General Assembly and represented Frederick and Washington counties from 1999 to 2011.

Obama campaign manager joining Brown camp
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, a Democratic hopeful for Maryland governor in the 2014 election, announced last week that Jim Messina, who was the 2012 Obama for America campaign manager, was joining his team as a senior adviser.
“As Democrats, we owe a great deal of gratitude to Jim Messina and his team for all that they did to re-elect President Obama last year and I am humbled to have him as a part of my campaign to become governor in 2014,” Brown said, according to an email sent by his campaign office.
“Jim Messina and I both know that campaigns are won one door at a time and that’s why we are mobilizing the biggest grass-roots campaign Maryland has ever seen. I know that by building a diverse coalition of supporters from every corner of our state, we’ll succeed in our campaign to make Maryland better for more Marylanders,” Brown said.
Messina was a former deputy chief of staff at the White House.

Md. retains AAA bond ratings
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp announced Friday that Maryland retained AAA ratings from all three bond-rating agencies — Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors and Fitch Ratings.
The announcement came in preparation for the sale of general obligation bonds scheduled for July 24 at a Board of Public Works meeting.
“While Maryland has historically received AAA ratings from the three major bond rating agencies, today’s recognition of Maryland’s fiscal strength and prudent management is welcome news,” Kopp said, according to a news release from her office.
Retention of the AAA ratings allows the state to continue to save millions of taxpayer dollars resulting from the lower interest rates achieved because of these ratings, she said.

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— Compiled by Kaustuv Basu

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