I thought it would be fun to take a look at the finance reports for our elected officials for State Delegate in District 9 …it was something I did throughout the last election cycle and thought I would continue reporting this information going forward.

Prior to the reports released on January 16th (what I am reporting on here) the last report was the 11/20/2018 Post-General Gubernatorial report.

Here is the summary information for the elected officials:

Comments:

  • Watson has the most money on hand of this grouping.
  • Miller picked up the most money since November.
  • Watson spent the most money since November.
  • Kittleman never seems to have much money on hand…so not a shocker seeing the numbers in her campaign report.

Here are some interesting items on the reports by candidates (things I look for are significant contribution amounts, PAC money, campaign transfers, significant outstanding loans & unpaid bill balances and other items that might catch my eye on a report).

Warren Miller (9A):

  • No individual contributions over $1,000
    • Interestingly $1,000 of the $3,350 of individual contributions came from nearly similar addresses in Massachusetts…but two different names of businesses (Hospitality Properties Trust & Senior Housing Properties Trust).
  • Picked up some money from Federal Committees:
    • Fedex Corporation Political Action Committee – $250
  • Picked up some money from Maryland PACs
    • 01/02/2019 Association Of Maryland Docking Pilots Political Action Comm – $150.00
    • 01/04/2019 Beer Wholesalers PAC – MBWA PAC MD – $500.00
    • 01/03/2019 Building Owners and Manag, Assoc. of Greater Balt. Inc PAC – $100.00
    • 11/14/2018 Consulting Engineers Council MD PAC CEPAC – $85.00
    • 01/02/2019 Licensed Beverage Association PAC , Maryland State – $100.00
    • 12/27/2018 Service Station Dealers Political Committee PAC – $300.00
  • Picked up some money from out of state PACs
    • Dominion Political Action Committee – $400
  • Has outstanding bills:
    • $100

Comments:

So $100 in outstanding bills and picked up a little PAC funding…nothing to shocking on this report to me.

Trent Kittleman (9A):

  • No individual contributions over $1,000
  • Outstanding loan balance – $16,376.45

Comments:

A really light report…the only thing that stands out is the loan balance of more than $16,000.

Courtney Watson (9B):

  • No individual contributions over $1,000
    • Interestingly $400 of the $650 of individual contributions came from nearly similar addresses in Massachusetts…but two different names of businesses (Hospitality Properties Trust & Senior Housing Properties Trust).
  • Picked up some cash from other campaigns:
    • Williams, China Friends of – $50

Comments:

All in all a light campaign finance report. Watson has the most cash in District 9 (for Delegate or Senate)…so that is a great position to be in at the moment.

BIG RED FLAG: What business interest in District 9 does Hospitality Properties Trust & Senior Housing Properties Trust (from Massachusetts) have and why are they giving money to Republicans and Democrats in that district? Someone should look into that at some point.

If you want to dig through these or other campaign finance reports, visit:   https://campaignfinancemd.us/Public/ViewFiledReports?theme=vista and search each elected official to get their reports.

I will be breaking down additional reports (delegates in districts 12 and 13) in the near future.

Stay tuned.

Scott E

2 COMMENTS

  1. Senior Housing Properties Trust is a REIT which owns hundreds of Senior independent, assisted, and Alzheimer properties and medical office buildings throughout the US. They own 15 properties in Maryland – the largest being HeartLands in Ellicott City.

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