Grassroots Donors Rally Behind Hans Riemer’s Public Finance Candidacy
Campaign raises nearly 750 small donations
ROCKVILLE, MD – Council President Hans Riemer’s campaign for re-election released internal fundraising numbers Thursday morning, after the close of a key campaign finance deadline.
The report, to be officially filed in the coming days, shows that the campaign has received 747 contributions from 685 donors. 619 of the donors are Montgomery County residents, making their contributions eligible for public matching funds through the county’s new public finance program. The campaign reported that the average donation amount was $74.01. The campaign’s public matching funds total will now be $163,816, about 66% of the available $250,000 for At-Large candidates. Coupling the matches with $55,287 in contributions, the campaign has raised $219,103 for the 2018 primary election.
This announcement came shortly after Riemer received a number of endorsements from high-profile Democratic leaders earlier this week, including Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin, County Executive Ike Leggett, and numerous Montgomery County state elected officials, including Nancy King, Senate Delegation Chair (D-39), and Shane Robinson, House Delegation Chair (D-39).
“I am so grateful from the support I have received from residents all over Montgomery County,” said Riemer, whose donations reflect support from Democrats in communities large and small, urban, suburban and rural, county wide. “Working together, we can ensure that Montgomery County will always be a place we can be proud to live in.”
Candidates who choose the public finance method for fundraising agree to limit individual donations to $150 and to accept no contributions from PACs or corporate entities. In exchange, donations from county residents are matched from the County Public Election Fund.
Marianne Quinn, the campaign’s treasurer, said, “I have seen firsthand how the new system is generating such strong grassroots support. It is exciting to see so many people from across the county participating in this campaign.”
“I believe that our public finance system will revolutionize Montgomery County politics, and I am thrilled to participate as a candidate,” said Riemer. “We are living our progressive values in Montgomery County, and I am grateful to serve in such a remarkably inclusive, wonderfully metropolitan community.”
*This post was updated on Jan. 17, 2017.