A couple of notes on fundraising and endorsements in the Democratic primary for city state’s attorney less than a month out from election day:
– Incumbent Gregg Bernstein reported having almost $450,000 on hand as of May 20, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday. The Bernstein campaign has raised $130,000 since January from a who’s who of the Baltimore legal community. Lawyers from The Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos P.C. contributed $21,000, an amount that includes a $4,000 contribution from Angelos’ wife, Georgia. The Bernstein campaign has spent approximately $30,000, according to the filing.
Challenger Marilyn Mosby raised $63,000 and has $106,000 on hand as of May 20, according to her campaign’s filing. Among her contributors is Patricia C. Jessamy, the former state’s attorney who lost to Bernstein in 2010. She and her husband each gave the Mosby campaign $500, according to the filing. Kweisi Mfume and former mayor and incoming University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke gave Mosby $500 and $1,000, respectively. The Mosby campaign spent almost $57,000 in the last five months, $20,000 of which went toward polls and surveys.
(Russell A. Neverdon Sr., who is running as an independent in the general election, reported having $7,200 on hand. Neverdon raised more than $18,000 through May 20 — including $1,000 from fellow criminal defense solo practitioner J. Wyndal Gordon — and spent $13,500.)
– The Bernstein campaign Wednesday announced the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, whose district includes part of the city. “Since taking office, Gregg Bernstein has built great partnerships with his federal counterparts and has done a tremendous job improving the efficiency of the City’s State’s Attorney’s Office,” Ruppersberger said in a statement. “Gregg Bernstein has a track record of real results: conviction rates are up and violent criminals are getting longer sentences.”
Mosby, meanwhile, has received an endorsement from University of Maryland law professor Larry S. Gibson, who tweeted out his support Tuesday. Gibson’s endorsement comes two weeks after the Mosby campaign released its first ad, showing Mfume endorsing Mosby.