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December 1, 2008

Marylanders opening wallets for Obama transition

The Obama transition operation, which is supplementing government funds with private donations to finance its activities, released its first list of donors today. As of Nov. 15, a total of $1,170,937.44 had been raised from 1,776 donors, including two Maryland couples that gave $10,000 each.

The Obama-Biden Transition project says it only accepts contributions from individuals' personal funds. It refuses all donations from corporations, labor unions, and PACs. Individuals may not donate more than $5,000. It also refuses all contributions from registered federal lobbyists and registered foreign agents.

Here are Marylanders who have donated $1,000 or more, with their place of residence and their employer, as reported by the transition office.

$5,000--Stewart Bainum Jr., Chevy Chase, Choice Hotels International.
Sandra Bainum, Chevy Chase, self-employed.
John Hursman, Ellicott City, Hursman Econometrics Advisors
Miriam L. Johnson, Cheverly, self-employed.
Aris Mardirossian, Potomac, Technology Patents, Inc.
Marianne Mardirossian, Potomac, no employer listed.
Majid Naderkhani, Bethesda, Excelacom.
John Register, Ellicott City, no employer listed.
Frank White Jr., Silver Spring, no employer listed.

$2,500--Colette Rhoney, Cabin John, George Washington University.

$1,000--Mayer Baker, Baltimore, self-employed.
Paul Berman, Silver Spring, Covington & Burling.
Barbara Fletcher, Bethesda, retired.
David Rogers, Bethesda, McDermott Will.
Michael Rowny, Chevy Chase, Rowny Capital.

A full list of donors can be found at

-- Paul West, Washington Bureau

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