Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan far He is the same as the Republican nominee for governor Dan Cox since the Maryland primary in July. Now, some of Hogan’s previous campaign donors have done the same.
Democratic candidate Wes Moore has received nearly four times as many donations from Hogan’s former financial backers as Cox did, according to data analysis by the Capital News Service.
From July 19 to August 23, after the introductory period and until the campaign’s last reporting period, Hogan’s previous donors gave Moore’s campaign $117,861. During that same period, previous donors to the governor sent Cox $29,727.
Cox raised $195,000 and Moore raised nearly $1.9 million in the last reporting period, according to a campaign finance report from the Maryland Board of Elections.
Included on Moore’s list of Hogan’s past donors are the Maryland Asphalt Association’s Political Action Committee, which donated $5,000, and two energy utilities, Baltimore Gas and Electric, to which the PAC donated $1,000, and Benfield Electric, which. Donate $2000.
Donations range from the maximum allowed per person, $6,000, to $10. Donors included real estate companies, plumbing contractors, health care workers, lawyers, and individuals.
Most of the Hogan-Moore donors contacted by the Capital News Service declined to comment on their contributions to the campaign. Some were lobbyists who cited narrow political lines they did not want to cross, and others were business owners who wanted to keep their political ties private, despite the public availability of campaign donation data.
Gerard Evans, owner of Evans and Associates, a Maryland-based lobbying firm based in Annapolis, was willing to talk about his donations. Evans is also an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Evans described his donation to Moore as a way to turn around the changing political tide.
“We represent our clients, and Wes Moore is clearly the winner,” Evans said. “Based on my 47 years of experience in politics, Cox has no chance of becoming the Governor of Maryland.”
Paul Bollinger, an Annapolis resident, is another former Hogan benefactor who this year gave money to Moore. Bollinger said he contributes to campaigns as a private citizen because he believes his donation is one way to participate in the political process.
“I am a firm believer in putting leather in the game,” Bollinger said. “It’s really easy to sit on the sidelines and complain. I’ve been a contributor to Republicans and Democrats for many decades.”
Bollinger, a former registered Republican, is now unaffiliated in Maryland. He sent $300 to Hogan’s 2018 re-election campaign. He donated $125 to Moore’s campaign in August.
When considering who to support in the November gubernatorial election, Bollinger said he was looking for a candidate who best reflects his concerns. He works for a small Annapolis-based nonprofit that helps people with disabilities. He said he wanted a candidate who would support health care policies for his clients.
For Bollinger, that left only one option after the primaries: Wes Moore.
“Moore is looking to represent everyone in the state, not just a select group,” he said. “I strongly support that.”
Despite his old affiliation, he did not think of supporting Cox.
“Some of his core ideas and beliefs are not positive for Maryland,” he said. “He might be a nice guy, I don’t know, but the positions he has on issues don’t align with mine.”
In an interview with the Capital News Service, Goucher College’s chair of political science, Nina Cassiononas, explained why she believes some of Hogan’s previous donors backed Moore rather than Cox.
Cassiononas said that many Marylanders are fairly moderate in their ideologies, as evidenced by the many Maryland Democrats who supported Hogan.
Maryland Politics and Politics
Keep up to date with Maryland politics, elections, and important decisions made by federal, state, and local government officials.
“When you have a candidate like Dan Cox who is part of the party wing that supports Donald Trump, what you see in Republicans giving Lewis Moore is an indictment of that and what that represents,” Cassononas said.
Increasingly, Maryland Republicans were distancing themselves or refusing to fully support Cox. In the most recent example, the Maryland Senate Republican Caucus avoided endorsing Cox on Tuesday in a virtual press conference.
When asked if the committee endorsed Cox for governor, Senate Minority Leader Brian Simonyer, a Republican from Anne Arundel, avoided the question by answering that His committee did not endorse any statewide candidates.
“We’re just focusing on the Senate races,” Simoneir said.
In another display of a Republican fissure, Barry Glassman, the Republican nominee for Comptroller and current CEO of Harford County, donated $500 to Moore.
Glassman, who contributed $4,250 to Hogan, was endorsed by Hogan.
Capital News reporter Stephen Newcam contributed to this article.