Big Three Engaged In Fall Fundraising
With memories of summer fading and the 2010 legislative session looming, the fall fundraising season in Maryland is getting into full gear. Some evidence of that: Each of "the big three" in Annapolis -- the governor and two presiding officers from the General Assembly -- has events scheduled in the coming week.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who remains without a big-name opponent next year, has a fundraiser scheduled at private home in Potomac on Saturday night. Tickets start at $500. O'Malley has been stepping up efforts on the money front in recent months and rolled out more than 300 early endorsements early this month.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), meanwhile, has a $1,000-a-head event scheduled Wednesday at Pazo, a restaurant on the fringes of Fell's Point in Baltimore -- well outside his legislative district. And House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) is raising money the following night at a cocktail party at a private residence closer to his home, in Annapolis. Tickets start at $250.
Once the legislative session starts in mid-January, O'Malley and all 188 lawmakers will be banned from raising money until it ends in April.
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