We are very excited the momentum we are gaining into the final stretch of the campaign. We reached over 1,000 donations and received the endorsements of the Washington Post and Greater Greater Washington. Please see our full release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Chris Speed, Campaign Manager
Key Endorsements, Grassroots Donors Boost Riemer Into Final Stretch of Campaign
ROCKVILLE, MD – Council President Hans Riemer’s campaign for re-election released internal fundraising numbers Thursday morning, after the close of the last major campaign finance deadline.
The report, to be officially filed in the coming days, shows that the campaign has received 1,023 contributions from 921 donors. 824 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 in-county donation amount was $75.99. The campaign’s public matching funds total will now be $230,810, over 92% of the available $250,000 for At-Large candidates. Coupling the matches with $79,715 in contributions, the campaign has raised $310,525 for the 2018 primary election.
Heading in to the final six weeks of the primary campaign, the announcement comes at the same time as a number of high-profile endorsements. Joining the Sierra Club, CASA in Action and others, recent organizational endorsements include the Washington Post, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), SEIU Local 500, SEIU 32BJ, Greater Greater Washington, Montgomery County NOW, Jews United for Justice and the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association.
Joining these progressive organizations are high-profile Democratic leaders, including Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin, County Executive Ike Leggett, Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman 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 for the support I have received from residents, organizations and elected officials 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.