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Slate that funded Pr. Geo's candidate Rushern Baker releases donor list

Jonathan Mummolo

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for baker kickoff.jpgThe list of donors who funded County 1 Now -- the slate that gave $206,000 to Prince George's County executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III's campaign in January -- has been released.

The donors, who have been a source of controversy because their identities were unknown, were listed Wednesday morning on the slate's newly launched Web site, called "The Pledge For Prince George's County." Maryland Politics is just beginning to analyze the list, but one thing is clear: It is short.

Just four contributions make up the $206,000 the campaign received, the largest being a $200,000 loan from a Silver Spring company called Renter's Finance Corp. An additional $3,000 was given to the slate by a political action committee shortly after the last campaign finance report was released Jan. 20.

At his campaign kickoff today, Baker confirmed that Renter's Finance Corp. was affiliated with David Hillman, an apartment complex mogul in the region. Hillman became a foe of Prince George's Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) in 2005, when Johnson named some of his properties on a list of what he said were dangerous buildings that he promised to crack down on.

A complete list of the donors is here.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  March 17, 2010; 7:18 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Maryland Politics Watch connects this firm with Republican billionaire David Hillman:

Why doesn't the Washington Post?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | March 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I always thought that folks were making too much of a big deal of this whole thing and this released list only proves that was in fact the case. Thanks Rushern for putting this out there and hopefully, now, we can put this behind and start focusing on the important issues in this election.

Posted by: jackowitzm | March 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure this was a 2006 story but whatever. Dont get me wrong, I think we had a right to know but I hope the Post will write more about the issues and less about the political horse race stuff.

Posted by: PGDEM | March 17, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

So dude is a straight up fraud. If you discount the $206K loan, he only raised $9K in contributions - from lobbyists at that!!! LOL This guys is the front runner for our county?? He was better off NOT releasing the list. The media got one right for a change. He's definitely not on the up and up if he's taking a loan, a loan folks, from the same people who got us in this economic mess - the real estate developers! And oh, this is only like his 3rd time running for the office and he already had $500K in debt from the 2006 race vs. Johnson. The blogs are destroying him over this. $206K in loans means no one believes in you but big business....hilarious.

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | March 17, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Glen Ivey will regret dropping out. Looks like Geron Levi is going to be tough to beat. Here's a take from a blog really digging into the Baker story:

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | March 17, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Gerron Levi voted against domestic violence victims. Who wants her in office. She tried to go back and cover her tracks with a patronizing rebuttal, but she is just in for the status. We definitely don't need her in office. Let's get someone like Rushern Baker who has paid his dues. No more of these vulgar social climbers like Gerron Levi.

Posted by: kite1101 | March 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with kite1101. Levi has a terrible voting record on womens issues. Domestic violence is a real issue and she obviously cares more about her trial lawyer buddies than she does battered women. No thanks.

Posted by: Mom2-3 | March 17, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

So Baker gets caught with his slight of hand county one now slate transfer, in a typical man move he denies, denies, denies, (ladies sound familiar) then strategy two, change the subject, Levi a woman, doesn't care about women (we will see how much traction that one gets). Then in a pseudo take the high road posture, I am gonna spread the single interest money around to take the pledge. Sounds like a pledge to the special interests by the candidates who sign on. Looks like his right wing Tea Bagging friend Dr Wargotz, who thinks Obama is an illegal alien, is calling the shots.

Posted by: mdfldr | March 21, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the fact that Gerron Levi voted against victims of abuse will get a lot of traction. At the end of the day, victims of domestic violence are a bigger concern than campaign finance issues are in Prince Georges County. As a female, I am really disgusted by Ms. Levi's vote...and believe me to, once it known, all the women of Prince Georges County will be too. These are the issues that concern voters....and if Ms. Levi was the supposed public servant she says she is, then she would know that too.

Posted by: llgaff | March 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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