Rawlings-Blake raises $1.4 million for campaign
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has raised more than $1.4 million this year for her bid to keep her post, her campaign announced Monday, indicating the incumbent heads into the final weeks before the Democratic primary with a substantial edge over her opponents.
Rawlings-Blake has received more than $800,000 in contributions since the last campaign finance reports were released in late January. She raked in more than $600,000 at a gala in early January.
"Our supporters also know that the Mayor is a leader we can count on to get the job done,” Keiana Page, a spokeswoman for the Rawlings-Blake campaign said in a statement.
Rawlings-Blake, who was appointed mayor in February 2010, has received donations from more than 1,000 people, according to the campaign.
Full campaign finance information for all the mayoral candidates -- who include Clerk of Courts Frank M. Conaway Sr., former Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors head Joseph T. "Jody" Landers, State Sen. Catherine Pugh, former city planning director Otis Rolley and nurse Wilton Wilson -- is slated to be filed with the state board of elections tomorrow, less than a month before the Sept. 13 primary.
Rawlings-Blake had huge lead over her challengers in the last round of financial reports. She had more than $842,000 cash-in-hand in January. Pugh had about $250,000 and Rolley had $106,000.
In the 2007 contest, Dixon had raised $1.2 million by the August report and Keiffer Mitchell, her leading challenger, had raised $640,000.