Reading The Reports

Two articles in the past day on who’s been giving to CD8 candidates Jamie Raskin and Kathleen Matthews, one in the Post and one in Bethesda Magazine. Both are worth a read.

The Post report does suffer from one flaw. It combines donors from the second quarter - which were previously reported, both by me and others, with new information from the third quarter reports. So for instance, Bill Turque reports the three month old news that Capitals and Wizards owned Ted Leonsis donated $5,400 to Kathleen Matthews and Orioles owner Peter Angelos donated the same amount to Jamie Raskin. Both donations were from the second quarter, as your humble correspondent reported on July 16.

That said, there’s some interesting info in the Post report.

Some of the names on Matthews’s donor report read like a class reunion of Clinton administration figures, most of whom remain active in law, lobbying or business. They include former chief of staff Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III and his wife, Donna ($5,400); former White House counsel Jack Quinn ($1,000); former Commerce secretary and later Obama chief of staff William M. Daley ($2,700); campaign adviser Mandy Grunwald; former White House special counsel Gregory Craig ($2,700); former deputy attorney general Jamie S. Gorelick ($2,700); Clinton family friend and political troubleshooter Vernon Jordan ($2,000); and Melanne Verveer, adviser to both President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton ($500).

Matthews, who is married to former Democratic congressional staffer and MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, also drew support from some of the District’s biggest corporate names, including Ted Leonsis, owner of the Wizards, Mystics and Capitals ($5,400); AOL founder James V. Kimsey ($1,000); and former Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth ($2,700).

A former executive vice president for global communication and public affairs at Marriott International, Matthews collected at least $37,000 from Marriott executives and spouses, filings show. That included donations from Marriott International chairman J.W. Marriott Jr. and chief executive Arne M. Sorenson. Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels, contributed $2,700.

Matthews also received donations from industry political action committees that include the American Gaming Association PAC ($2,500) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association PAC ($5,000).

Raskin has some famous names on his reports as well.

Many of his contributions came from lawyers and academics, including University of Maryland historian and economist Gar Alperovitz ($500); former Harvard dean Joseph J. McCarthy ($350); and D.C. Council member and George Washington University law professor Mary M. Cheh ($250). Among the larger contributors from the legal community was lawyer and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos ($5,400).

Raskin, who is married to Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, also did well with Montgomery County’s business and real estate development sector, with donations from Tower Companies partner Gary M. Abramson ($1,000); hotel executive Stewart Bainum Jr. and his wife, Sandra ($5,400 apiece); and property manager and developer Adam Bernstein ($2,700). Raskin’s campaign treasurer is Miti Figueredo, a former Montgomery County Council staffer and now vice president for public affairs for the Chevy Chase Land Company.

The Bethesda Magazine report draws similar conclusions, dishing some famous names and then summing up as follows:

They’re all part of a large network of political, business and media contacts in the Washington area and across the country that has been accumulated by Matthews—a former local news anchor and Marriott International executive—and her husband, MSNBC talk show host and former congressional aide Chris Matthews. In the latest filing, the donations from that network enabled Matthews to outdistance her leading rival, state Sen. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park, in fundraising by almost $190,000—$564,000 for Matthews to $375,000 for Raskin—in the three-month period ending Sept. 30. It left Matthews with nearly $892,000 in the bank, as compared to $694,000 in Raskin’s campaign treasury.

On to the fourth quarter!

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