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Challenger Outraises Incumbent in 4th District

Rosalind Helderman

In yet another sign, as if one was needed, that eight-term U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) has a serious battle on his hands to keep hold of his seat, finance reports filed yesterday that Prince George's attorney Donna F. Edwards has raised more money than Wynn over the last four months.

Plus, Wynn has burned through a great deal of the large campaign chest he had on hand at the end of September, when the two last reported dollar figures to the Federal Election Commission. Because he's been outspending Edwards, she now reports having more left to spend between now and the Feb. 12 primary than he. (She's got $204,349 to his $146,467.) That means she has more money for all-important television ads, like spots she's already been running.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 1, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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In the Post's January 24 edition, the paper reported that 86% of Edward's contributors were from out-of-state. In over 50% years of observing Maryland politics, I have never seen a Congressional candidate raise as much as 86% of contributions from out of state. This is a Maryland seat, not one for sale on a national congressional seat exchange.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 1, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Listen to Mr GOP complain that Democrats are finally doing what conservatives have been doing for years.

Look, no one has the power of a person in the ballot box. We'll see what the voters decide next week and once Donna wins, then Robin can go back and complain about the daylight savings time conspiracy again.

Posted by: PG'er | February 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Well when Wynn sells his votes to credit card companies, defense contractors and rich contributors then votes for the creditor wish list bankruptcy bill and the Iraq War and against the estate tax, I don't think the Edwards campaign is the one who needs to explain their contributors. Al Wynn has been fleecing his district for years, intimidating challengers and those who dare side against him and then voting against his district's interest, he is the one with a lot of explaining to do!

Posted by: RCD | February 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

What do you call PAC money? Wynn has lots more of that than the FDE (Fabulous Donna Edwards). I consider that out of state money. But unlike personal contributions, PAC money has strings attached.

Donna is running as the real Democrat in this contest and her support comes from real Democrats. Whether people around the country are supporting Donna here or Darcy Burner in Washington State or any other good, progressive Democrats, everyone's goal is the same.

And, for the record, I'm from the 4th congressional district and I contribute to Donna and am proud of it.

Posted by: Art Brodsky | February 1, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Why would people from outside Maryland have such an interest in one out of 435 congressional seats which happens to be from Maryland? Because Edwards will put their interests ahead of the interests of her constituents.

Posted by: Donna Edwards is a puppet! | February 2, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Why would people from outside Maryland have such an interest in one out of 435 congressional seats which happens to be from Maryland?

Oooh, oooh, let me answer that question. Because they see Albert Wynn as a turncoat, traitorous Democrat who has over and over and over and over again voted with the Republicans. Iraq War, energy bill, campaign finance (the Pence-WYNN bill of 2005?), bankruptcy, estate tax, the list goes on and on.

Moreover, the 4th Congressional District is solidly Democratic. If you're going to change things, you need to do it within the Democratic primary. So good progressives around the country see an opportunity to get rid of a corrupt, venal, turncoat Democrat and replace him with a solid DEMOCRAT. And, further, such a victory, when it comes (and it will!!!), sends a message to other backstabbing Democrats that they too are susceptible to such challenges, and hopefully makes them change their evil ways.

All good, all in the interests of Democrats, and all in the interests of the constituents 4th Congressional District who have had atrocious representation since Wynn was elected in 1992.

Next question, please.

Posted by: lefty | February 2, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Donna Edwards, why do you keep using other names like lefty? Why couldn't you raise your money from Maryland? We don't need a out-of-state special interest masquerading as a Maryland Congresswoman. We don't need other states calling Maryland's tune.

Posted by: Edwards writes as lefty | February 2, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"We don't need other states calling Maryland's tune."

Ours is a union of 50 states, each of which can and does affect the rest. Maryland keeps sending a Democrat to DC, and that Democrat keeps morphing into a Republican when he gets there, so it appears the state could in fact use a little outside assistance in examining its options.

No one wants to dictate Maryland from the outside; we simply want to ensure that its citizens are well-informed, and highlighting the record takes money.

Posted by: Tim B | February 2, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, I hit a nerve with one of the few remaining Wynn loyalists.

No, I'm not Donna Edwards. Not even close. Not a woman, and not African-American, and not a resident of Prince George's County. So your "guess" is about as effective as Al Wynn's representation.

Thanks for playing, though.

Posted by: lefty | February 3, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday, in Clarksburg, on Route 121, I saw two young men with Edward's door hangers. I stopped and asked them, "How could you support someone for Congress who gets 86% of her contributions from out-of-state?" The taller one replied, "We don't support her, we just want to get paid."

Edwards has no connections to Maryland. Those who are funding her campaign outside Maryland are calling her tune. She should run for the state legislature instead and prove she has some interest in our state. Maryland is not for sale.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 3, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I could never vote for Donna Edwards. Big Al Wynn is the best man for the job and he deserves to be reelected. Donna has gotten almost all of her money from outside sources and she bombards us with how she cares and that she is a liberal. Well, not all of us Democrats are liberals and as a straight Black man I can tell you that I won't be voting for Donna "liberal" Edwards.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | February 3, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Donna Edwards has been involved in local politics for years. She attended the community meetings involved with the development of Ft. Washington and Oxon Hill. She's been active for years in the day-to-day items that concern the citizens of our community. I can't remember the last time I saw Wynn even come through the community, and certainly not actually ever attend a meeting. Each one he was invited to he was "too busy to attend". I don't even live in the area any more, but I have already told my family to be sure to vote for Donna on election day (especially since we are ALL tired of Fat Albert). It's time for Wynn to waddle off into the sunset.

Posted by: Kat | February 3, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse


There you go again. A disbarred lawyer telling us what to do. According to the Bar Association "you ran your legal practice like it was a taxi service" not my words but your fellow lawyers. You are a disgrace to the legal profession. You rush to attack people who are not from Maryland being involved in the race. You DON'T LIVE IN DISTRICT 4 and you are neither a Democrat nor a GOPer. So who cares what you think.

Go back to Boyds, run your real estate agency just as you did your law office.

Posted by: MidCo Maven | February 3, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

MidCoMaven doesn't seem to know the difference between attacking a candidate and attacking a candidate on the issues. Donna Edward's 86% contributions from outside Maryland are a legitimate issue to raise and should not be construed as an attack on her as a person but rather an attack on how she runs a campaign and how she will hold this important elective office. I agree with the Broker. She should spend some time in the state legislature to evidence an interest in our state.

Posted by: Jill | February 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Uh, oh, Robin's having another case of schizophrenia. We haven't seen one of those since 2006. Today he's "Jill."

Hi Jill! Say hi to the other 27 Ficker personas when you see them, will you?

Apparently, it doesn't bother any of Robin's "voices" that Al Wynn takes money from big energy companies, the telecoms, and has virtually no contributions from individuals FROM ANYWHERE. Then he proceeded to vote the interests of those big companies at the expense of his constituents.

Of course, since Robin's a Republican (or was, until they kicked him and his multiple personalities out of their party -- how bad do you have to be to get kicked out of the MD GOP, with their membership of like 374 people?), it shouldn't surprise anyone that this is to Robin's liking. On the other hand, here's a newsflash: this is a DEMOCRATIC PARTY primary. And what Robin Ficker or any of his other personalities says really doesn't count for diddly squat in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

Robin's obviously doing as well selling houses as he did as a lawyer. What's next, janitorial services?

Posted by: lefty | February 3, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse


Being in the state legislature is not a bad prerequisite to Congress. Wynn did that. Yet if along the way you become financed by the corporate special interests then expect a pawn. That's Al a DINO.

It is amazing that everyone is complaining about that Donna gets money from out-of-state individuals. But somehow Wynn gets a pass from Robin and you when he goes to the out-of-state corporate interests to finance his race.

Isn't that a bit two faced???

Posted by: MidCo Maven | February 3, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

It is nice to see the Edwards and her out of state campaign (see above) are so upset about the charge that 86% of her contributions are from outside Maryland. They should be upset. Because we have not had ANYONE else, till now, have 86% of their contributors from outside Maryland. At least not in the last 50 years. Those ads on radio and TV those doorhangers are paid for by out of state contributors. We have some slick people who see an opportunity to control a Maryland Congressional seat. They think the people here are too dumb to realize what is going on. They need to go to California or Kentucky or Oregon instead. This is a Maryland seat and belongs to the people who live here. She should show she has an interest in Maryland by seeking a state legislative seat in 2010. I'm going to tell her that tonight at P.G. Community College

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 4, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Man - the Wynn trolls are out in force today. My advice, stay home and continue posting to this blog. This is probably the most effective way to reach the voters you're seeking to convince.

Robin, pass around the kool-aide.

Posted by: PG'er | February 4, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Maryland Moment readers -

I think you continue to see on the blogosphere here and all over the internet about this race why you need a third, home-grown choice - me. You will not catch my supporters throwing unsubstantiated or substantiated allegations around because I have asked them not to do so. It does not serve the public well.

Although the Post has done its best to cover the candidates' positions, there is more to this race than meets the eye. Read what I have to say on my web site ( and watch debate video clips and then decide for yourselves, rather than through the childish diatribes that the incumbent and Ms. Edwards seem to inspire.

See you on the 12th,

Jason Jennings

Posted by: Jason Jennings | February 10, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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