Attorney General Candidates Dig Into Their Own Pockets
The District's first race for an elected attorney general is ripe for self-funding: a newly created position with shifting powers, limited to people in a frequently lucrative profession, all compressed into a shortened fundraising period.
Maybe it's no surprise, then, that when it came to financing their own ambitions, the District's five attorney general candidates didn't disappoint. Below, the highlights from the latest campaign finance reports, which run from June 11 to Aug. 10.
Raised: $256,955. Spent: $15,000. Cash on hand: $241,955.
LL figured that Racine, a longtime partner at Venable LLP, was rich. But who thought he was this rich? Since entering the race in July, Racine has pumped $225,000 in contributions or loans into his campaign. To put that in perspective, recent prominently self-financed bids from restaurateur Andy Shallal and furniture magnate Pete Ross still didn't approach this kind of cash—and all in one reporting period!
Not counting his own contributions, Racine raised $31,955. Apparently he's a thoughtful co-worker—other employees at Venable made $21,375 in contributions.
Edward "Smitty" Smith
Raised: $186,163.10. Spent: $34,072.36. Cash on hand: $152,090.74.
The 34-year-old Smith, who'd really prefer that you call him "Smitty," contributed a comparatively humble $11,057.20 to his own campaign, plus $4,000 for office rent. That leaves him with a nearly $100,000 cash deficit on Racine, but Smith can also point to more success at fundraising outside of his own checkbook, raising $175,105.90 from other donors.
Smith's donors include go-to Democratic lawyer Donald Dinan ($1,500), Ward 8 politico Jacque Patterson ($25), DC Vote executive director Kimberly Perry ($250), and Lyft ridesharing exec Bakari Brock ($1,000).
With former Jack Evans campaign manager Josh Brown advising the campaign, LL had some deja vu reading the expense portion of Smith's finance report.
Anti-violence activist and one-time Evans campaign worker Jauhar Abraham's company received $4,307 from Smith's campaign. Abraham's new gig should be thrilling news for the District's Office of the Attorney General, which recently won a judgment of more than $600,000 against him.
Raised: $61,596.78. Spent: $17,209.25. Cash on hand: $46,854.95.
The O.G. A.G. hopeful, Zukerberg survived court challenges and Office of Campaign Finance orders to stop campaigning and has finally started raising money in earnest. Among his donors: Republican activist Nelson Rimensnyder ($75), Ward 3 education gadfly Matthew Frumin ($250), at-large D.C. Council Brian Hart ($25).
Zukerberg, his wife, and their businesses contributed a combined $5,525. Zukerberg's pro bono lawyer Gary Thompson, apparently not content with getting the entire race on the ballot, gave his client $500.
Raised: $51,560.00. Spent: $6,998.98. Cash on hand: $44,561.02.
Masters, a board member at good government group DC Appleseed, kicked in $26,500 of her own funds.
Raised: $9,685.28. Spent: $598.00. Cash on hand: $9,087.28.
Conveniently for LL's theme, Williams contributed to her campaign, too. Less conveniently for her dreams of winning office, it wasn't all that much: just a $598 loan.
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