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Perk$ of Incumbency?

In politics, one of the perks of incumbency has always been how easily the contributions flow into the campaign coffers. But some challengers in this year's legislative races are holding their own--or have more cash to spend than the incumbents, recent campaign finance reports show.

Consider Jim Rosapepe, who is challenging Democratic Sen. John Giannetti in the primary to represent the District 21 that stretches from College Park to Anne Arundel County. Rosapepe, a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, took in about $100,000 in contributions and has another $200,000 in loans. After spending some last year, he's got more $219,000 left to burn. Giannetti brought in slightly more in contributions, has a $100,000 loan and now has about $182,000 to spend, according ot the reports filed last week.

In one Montgomery County delegate race, a challenger has amassed more money than the three incumbents combined.

In District 39--which includes North Potomac, Germantown and Montgomery Village--challenger Saqib Ali has raised $63,000 in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the delegate's seat. That's twice as much as the three incumbents in the Ddistrict have raised,, in the past year.

Del. Charles E. Barkley raised about $12,200 in 2005, Del. Nancy J. King took in $8,000 and Del. Joan F. Stern raised $9,500. A separate account for the District 39 slate--which consists of Barkley, King and Stern--has a cash balance of $20,000.

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 27, 2006; 2:27 PM ET
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Bet some of the Post staffers really hate working for a outfit so afraid of criticism that it shuts down a blog when the organization makes a mistake. Then they claim its because people are being uncivil, but can't back that claim up. Oh yeah, the original lie is proved to be a lie as well.

I know it's the American Prospect so I'm sure you'll just dismiss it as partisan, but look at those numbers. Look at those results. If Abramoff was "directing" anything then he was directing his clients to cut back on Democratic contributions.

Posted by: elliottg | January 27, 2006 4:58 PM | Report abuse

For the love of God, give it up. Someone made a mistake, imagine if Howard Dean was skewered each time he said something in artful. Christ, I'm a liberal, but you people are so shrill and thin skinned I can't even stomach the blagosphere anymore.

Posted by: josh | January 27, 2006 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Ali is a terrific candidate for the House of Delegates. Please visit his website:

He visited my home the other day. He was very friendly, polite and had a great understanding of the legislative process. Plus he is so progressive and reform-minded; he won't take a single cent of campaign donations from special-interest PACs or Corporations. Certainly nothing from big real-estate development companies.

Also, he is a software engineer. Hopefully he will win his election. Once he does, he will be the ONLY engineer in the entire general assembly (188 legislators). We need someone who can bring an engineer's analytical problem-solving abilities to Annapolis!!

The Mongtomgery County Gazette did a survey which ranked one of the current incumbent Delegates in District 39 as 135th out of all 141 Delegates in terms of effectiveness! Take a look:

Posted by: Jason | January 27, 2006 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Howard Dean does get skewered many times when he says something whether it's inartful or true. It was the WaPo who was out in front on those pile ons as well and I believe you're liberal in the same way that I believe the WaPo's partial, photoshopped graphic proves their assertions about Abramoff.

Complain to the WaPo since your "reasonable" complaint may get results. It seems to me that an apology from them and allowing comments would be in order.

BTW, Howell's original column,
still has no correction associated with it. That's just shameful.

Posted by: elliottg | January 27, 2006 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I know at most blogs, you can ban IP addresses. Phyllis, would you please ban elliottg's IP address os we don;t have to read his crap everyday.

Posted by: Dave W | January 27, 2006 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Shameful? How about a childish temper tantrum in a public forum? That's shameful.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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