Currie's Fundraising Slows To a Trickle; Gansler, Smith Step Up.
Maryland Moment, 26 Jan 2009 (Wagner).
Among other things, the federal investigation of Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) appears to have taken a significant toll on his campaign fundraising.
Currie, chairman of the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee and one of the Senate's most prolific fundraisers, reported taking in only $17,673 last year -- and all of that was before news broke in late May about an FBI raid of Currie's home and the headquarters of Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, for whom Currie had been doing undisclosed consulting work.
Currie raised nearly $64,000 during the same period a year before and is sitting on a bank account of $345,663. State lawyers advised last year that it was unlikely Currie would be able to use campaign cash to pay his legal defense fees.
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(A report for Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) not available through the Board of Elections as of this morning.)
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In a year in which he reversed a retirement decision, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) reported raising $379,141, with $644,234 in the bank.