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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