Campaign Finance Reports: Fall funds surge revealed public backing for Culver

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To win the county executive’s seat in November, Bob Culver’s campaign spent $32,500.98, or $2.29 for each of the 14,184 votes he received.

To forfeit the seat he had held for eight years, Rick Pollitt’s campaign spent $21,518.64, or $1.89 per losing vote.

Whether it was money, contrasting viewpoints on local issues or a statewide pro-Republican political tide that determined election outcomes is still being debated four months after Election Day.

Regardless, a Salisbury Independent examination of the now-completed campaign election reports reveals that Culver raised bigger dollars from broader sources than Pollitt did throughout the cycle.

In the crucial Aug. 20 through Oct. 19 period, for example, Culver outraised Pollitt by 2-to-1: $22,645 to $10,335. Pollitt, who was slow to get his campaign financing apparatus moving in the spring and early summer, never recovered.

In the election’s aftermath, Culver has a reported balance of $376.07 in his campaign coffers. Pollitt’s account is empty, and the two-term Democrat is still owed $1,500 he lent his own campaign to get donations started.

Being it was his first race for county executive, Culver spent more on yard signs, whereas Pollitt had signs from two previous efforts. But Culver also slightly outspent Pollitt in direct-mail efforts (about $6,000 to $5,000) and in media buys.

In television advertising, the Culver campaign paid WBOC-TV about $7,500 for ads, WMDT-TV about $1,993 and Comcast Cable about $1,150.

Pollitt’s reported TV spending was about $2,945, solely with WMDT. Unlike Culver, Pollitt did spend $2,700 on billboard advertising with ClearChannel Outdoor.

Culver reported about $1,600 in print advertising, including $1,100 with Salisbury Independent. Pollitt reported no print advertising spending.

Each candidate spent money with local webblogs: Culver’s campaign paid $200 to Salisbury News, and another $200 to Lower Eastern Shore News; Pollitt’s campaign paid $200 to Lower Eastern Shore News.

Within the legislative ranks of the county’s leadership, the two men elected at large — John Cannon and Matt Holloway — orchestrated completely different fundraising campaigns.

Cannon ran a fundraising effort that mimicked those of the county executive candidates.

Cannon, who was elected council president by his colleagues, raised money from a variety of sources; his contributors included names from both the Culver and Pollitt contributors lists.

Holloway, meanwhile, in winning a second council term, raised and spent hardly any cash.

Cannon, according to the reports, currently has $8,731 in cash on hand.

Donors to Friends of Bob Culver

May 21 through Aug. 19

  • Nelson, Earl E., Parsonsburg, $100
  • Paredes, John C., Seaford, $150
  • Wells Jr., JV, Hebron, $500

Aug. 20 through Oct. 19

  • Azar, Alex & Wilma, Salisbury, $50
  • Bartkovich, John A., Salisbury, $250
  • Belcher, Gregory W., Salisbury, $25
  • Benson, William & Lynn, Princess Anne, $25
  • Bostian, William J., Bethany Beach, $150
  • Bradford, Earl & Connie, Parsonsburg, $40
  • Brandon, Thomas & Melinda, Salisbury, $50
  • Brenner, Charles, Salisbury, $250
  • Brinsfield, Cathy & Brian, Salisbury, $40
  • Brown, Dawn C., Eden, $40
  • Brown, James W., Parsonsburg, $250
  • Carey, Richard & Irene, Fruitland, $500
  • Carozza, Mary Beth, Ocean City, $100
  • Carter’s Electrical Service, Pittsville, $100
  • Chandler, Gary, Salisbury, $500
  • Chesnik, Paul, Willards, $150
  • Coffin, Don, Salisbury, $500
  • Culver, Bruce & Barbara, Salisbury, $140
  • Culver, Gale, Delmar, $40
  • Delaware Elevator Service, Salisbury, $250
  • Desjardins, Gary & Tracy, Salisbury, $100
  • DiCairano, Gerard J., Salisbury, $25
  • Dinardo, Iggy & Joan, Salisbury, $40
  • Dunham, Beverly & Larry, Willards, $40
  • Eaton, Robert A., Salisbury, $50
  • Edney, Mark & Rebecca, Salisbury, $500
  • Electrical Solutions, Parsonsburg, $100
  • Elmore, Carolyn J., Salisbury, $25
  • Evans, Brian & Cindy, Hebron, $100
  • Geipe, Kathleen M., Salisbury, $100
  • Hanna, Wes S., Salisbury, $200
  • Harwood, Tyler, Salisbury, $25
  • Holloway, F.W., Salisbury, $100
  • Houlihan, William, Delmar, $250
  • Howard, Joseph H., Princess Anne, $50
  • Hughes, Don B., Salisbury, $40
  • Jahelka, Craig & Candace, Hebron, $50
  • Jones, LLoyd & Sandra, Salisbury, $40
  • Leer, Stuart R., Salisbury $250
  • Lewis, Thomas, Salisbury, $40
  • Luna, Luis & Bonnie, Salisbury, $40
  • McIver, Mark & Hala $500
  • Nelson, Ronald, Salisbury, $50
  • Ollinger, Joseph & Pamela, Salisbury, $100
  • Outten, Orville J., Salisbury, $15
  • Palmer, Edward John & Pamela, Delmar, $100
  • Paredes, John C., Seaford, $250
  • Pete Richardson Farms, LLC, Willards, $2,700
  • Phillips, William & Karen, Quantico, $100
  • Rental Management Inc., Salisbury, $250
  • Richardson, Peter E.,.Willards, $2,700
  • Salisbury Brick Co., Salisbury, $100
  • Shaff, Wayne, Salisbury, $100
  • Sterling, Pyda L., Fruitland, $550
  • Travel Advisors Inc., Salisbury, $20
  • USA Inc., Fruitland, $1,000
  • Vernon’s Transmission Inc., Delmar, $100
  • Wilbur, Paul, Salisbury, $25
  • Wilgus, Edward Q., Salisbury, $500
  • Williams, Barry & Diane, Salisbury, $100
  • Williams, Gregory, Hebron, $100
  • Williams, Philip D., Hebron, $20
  • Young, Francis M., Salisbury, $100
  • Wicomico County Republican Club, Salisbury, $3,000

Oct. 20 through Nov. 10

  • Adkins, Eddie, Salisbury, $40
  • Booth, Andrew, Salisbury, $100
  • Brittingham, Lloyd B., Parsonsburg, $50
  • Carey, Steven, Fruitland, $50
  • Chesnik, Paul, Willards, $190
  • Culver, Chris, Salisbury, $100
  • Culver, Courtney, Salisbury, $65
  • Dunsten, Katelyn, Severna Park, Md., $50
  • Dunsten, Susan, Salisbury, $200
  • Farlow, Richard, Pittsville, $300
  • Glass, Barry, Parsonsburg, $50
  • Graham, Swazanna, Salisbury, $100
  • Guy, William, Hebron, $100
  • Hughes, Charles, Hebron, $25
  • Hutson, G.L., Salisbury, $40
  • Moore Jr., James, Whitehaven, $100
  • Kilgore, Brian, Bishopville, $100
  • Molnar, Trent, Pittsville, $100
  • Moore, Fred, Eden, $100
  • Parker, David, Salisbury, $40
  • Smith III, William T., Salisbury, $100
  • Smith, Linda, Parsonsburg, $40
  • Stade, Kenny, Salisbury, $100
  • Taylor, Jeff, Parsonsburg, $40
  • Thaw, Clifton B., Parsonsburg, $40
  • Townsend, Richard, Salisbury, $40
  • Trice, Gary, Parsonsburg, $50
  • Whitman, Philip E., Fruitland, $25
  • Whittington, Norman, Salisbury, $100
  • Willing, Faith, Salisbury, $40
  • Wiseman, Ann B., Salisbury, 21801 $25
  • Young, Francis M., Salisbury, $400
  • Conservatives for Maryland, 300 Moss Hill Lane, Salisbury, $2,000
  • Wicomico County Republican Club, $100

 From other campaign committees:

  • Friends of Larry Dodd, $25
  • Andy Harris for Maryland, $4,000
  • Joe Holloway For County Council, $500
  • Friends of Marc Kilmer, $25

 PACS

  • 4 Realtors Political Action Committee, Annapolis, $4,000

Donors to Friends of Rick Pollitt

May 21 through Aug. 19

  • No recorded donations.

 Aug. 20 through Oct. 19

  •  AHPharma Inc., Salisbury, $250
  • Azar, Alex, Salisbury, $250
  • Basehart, Hubert, Salisbury, $100
  • Bell, J. Spicer, Salisbury, $50
  • Berlin Nursing Home & Rehab Center, Berlin, $1,000
  • Berry, Thomas N., Salisbury, $100
  • Bloodsworth, Carl G., Salisbury, $100
  • Boyd, Eddie, Salisbury, $50
  • Buchness, Michael P., Eden, $100
  • Cook, Charles R. Salisbury, $50
  • Cordrey, Ralph A., Sharptown, $100
  • Dashiell, Ruby B., Salisbury, $100
  • Dashiell, Russell C., Salisbury, $100
  • Dennis, William T., Salisbury, $25
  • Dickey, Robert L., Salisbury, $100
  • Dudley-Eshbach, Janet, Salisbury, $100
  • East Coast Restaurant Management Inc., Salisbury, $300
  • Engberg, Mark E. Salisbury, $100
  • Fox, Kathleen V., Salisbury, $30
  • Fred R. Moore & Son Inc., Eden, $200
  • Gillis, O. Palmer, Salisbury, $100
  • Giunta, Judith A., Eden, $15
  • Hanna, Dara Lee, Salisbury, $100
  • Hawkins, Gains B., Salisbury, $50
  • Heda, H. R., Salisbury, $100
  • Insley, Wade H., Salisbury, $100
  • Layton, Patricia C., Salisbury, $50
  • Lemley, D. Patrick, Salisbury, $50
  • Long, Mabel H., Salisbury, $100
  • MacLeod, David A., Salisbury, $25
  • Malone, Virginia H., Salisbury, $500
  • Marshall Auction-Marketing, Salisbury, $100
  • Mattox, Kelsie J., Hebron, $50
  • McCain, Teresa B., Salisbury, $100
  • McIntyre’s Electrical Service Inc., Fruitland, $100
  • Moore, Susan C., Salisbury, $100
  • Muir, Nevette W., Salisbury, $25
  • Mumford, Thomas J., Hebron, $25
  • Neat, Martin T., Salisbury, $500
  • Parker, Henrietta J., Mardela Springs, $50
  • Powell, William H., Salisbury, $100
  • Pretl, Michael A., Riverton, $250
  • Richardson, Don E., Salisbury, $100
  • Rinnier, William B., Salisbury, $100
  • Rivers, V. F., Salisbury, $25
  • Rubenson, Nancy K., Salisbury, $100
  • Sarbanes, Billye Lee, Salisbury, $100
  • Savoy, Daniel J., Salisbury, $25
  • Severn, H. Anthony, Hebron, $500
  • Sovereign Enterprise LLC, Allentown, Pa., $1,000
  • Tilghman, Donald M., Salisbury, $250
  • Tilghman, M.W., Salisbury, $2,000
  • Turner, Richard L., Salisbury, $50
  • Watson, Dale E., Salisbury, $50
  • Webster, Erna E., Salisbury, $15
  • Wharton, Bruce E., Delmar, $25
  • White, George H., Salisbury, $50
  • Willey, Ronald O., Salisbury, $50
  • Williams, W.G., Berlin, $100

 Oct. 20 through Nov. 11

  • Apple Discount Drugs, Salisbury, $1,000
  • Bortnick, Kenneth, Parsonsburg, $50
  • Bozick, Peter A., Salisbury, $50
  • CDE LLC, Salisbury, $50
  • Cockey, Robin R., Tyaskin, $100
  • Conway, Norman H., Salisbury, $125
  • Conyers, Betty B., Salisbury, $50
  • Cook, Robert W., Salisbury, $200
  • Dashiell, Charles R., Salisbury, $150
  • Day, Jacob R., Salisbury, $50
  • Delano, Michael B., Salisbury, $200
  • Diriker, Memo, Salisbury, $1,000
  • East Coast Restaurant Management Inc., Salisbury, $900
  • Evans Builders Inc., Salisbury, $500
  • Evans, Peter D., Salisbury, $25
  • Fredericksen, John E., Salisbury, $100
  • Gilkerson, R.J., Salisbury, $100
  • Gillis, Bradley, Salisbury, $100
  • Holloway, Matthew R., Salisbury, $100
  • Jones, Thomas W., Salisbury, $100
  • Knowles, Susan P., West Chester, Pa., $100
  • Laws, Barry R., Snow Hill, $25
  • Laws, Victor H., Salisbury, $50
  • Marvel & Emche, P.A., Salisbury, $100
  • McClellan, John M., Salisbury, $50
  • Mitchell, Andrew C., Fruitland, $100
  • Murfree, Bryan E., Salisbury, $25
  • Orem, David, Salisbury, $50
  • Patt, Gerald D., Salisbury, $50
  • Prettyman, Stevie, Salisbury, $100
  • Richardson, Don E., Salisbury, $100
  • Robson, Bruce W., Salisbury, $100
  • Sherr, Jeffrey B., Salisbury, $250
  • Sovereign Enterprise, Allentown, Pa., $1,000
  • Thomas, James R., Salisbury, $100
  • Weisner, Michael C., Salisbury, $100
  • Whaley, Emilee F., Salisbury, $100

Other Campaign Committees

  • John Hall for County Council, $100

 PACS

  •  MSEA Fund for Children and Public Education, Annapolis, $625

Donors to Friends of John Cannon

June 9 through Aug. 19

  • Benedict, Suzy, Salisbury, $100
  • Hopkins, Bret R., Fairfax Station, Va., $100

 Aug. 20 through Oct. 19

  • Affordable Plumbing, Salisbury, $75
  • Ahtes, William, Salisbury, $100
  • Burnett White Tire & Auto, Salisbury, $100
  • Carpenter, James, Salisbury, $50
  • Chandler, Gary, Ocean City, $250
  • Colburn, Ernest, Quantico, $100
  • Cypress Creek LLC, Salisbury, $100
  • Darcy, Elizabeth, Salisbury, $25
  • Day, Randall, Salisbury, $100
  • Delano, Michael, Ocean City, $150
  • Dickey, Robert, Salisbury, $50
  • Disney Sand and Gravel, Salisbury, $100
  • Eaton, Robert, Salisbury, $50
  • Eric Davis Property Management, Salisbury, $150
  • Getzey, Michael, Salisbury, $200
  • Gilkerson, Anthony, Salisbury, $100
  • Gillis, Palmer, Salisbury, $100
  • Gladden, Gordon, Salisbury, $40
  • Hicks, Harold, Salisbury, $50
  • Jett, Leonard, Salisbury, $25
  • Johnston, Paul, Salisbury, $50
  • Kuhn’s Jewelers Inc., Salisbury, $250
  • Lavrich, James, Salisbury, $25
  • Luna, Luis, Salisbury, $50
  • Martin, Bill, Salisbury, $250
  • Michalik, Jeffrey, Salisbury, $100
  • Mid-Atlantic Title, Salisbury, $100
  • Miller, Dwight, Salisbury, $50
  • Morris, John, Eden, $100
  • Mumford, Thomas, Hebron, $25
  • Murfree, Bryan, Salisbury, $25
  • Pryor, Wayne, Salisbury, $100
  • Rental Management, Salisbury, $250
  • Rinnier, William, Salisbury, $100
  • Serkes, Michael, Salisbury, $50
  • Shelton, Thomas, Salisbury, $100
  • Shen, Irving, Salisbury, $150
  • Sherr, Jeffrey, Salisbury, $100
  • Sterling, Pyda, Fruitland, $100
  • Weller, Dennis, Salisbury, $50
  • Wilgus, Edward Q., Salisbury, $250
  • Willing, Woodland, Salisbury, $25
  • Young, Lewis, Salisbury, $50
  • Wicomico Republican Club, $400

Oct. 20 through Nov. 11

  • Hopkins, Bret, Fairfax Station, Va., $150
  • Marshall Auction-Marketing, Salisbury, $100
  • Moore, Fred, Eden, $50
  • Ritchie, Bruce Salisbury, $100
  • Wiseman, Ann, Salisbury, $25
  • Conservatives for Maryland, 300 Moss Hill Lane, Salisbury, $100

 PACS

  • 4 Realtors Political Action Committee, Annapolis, $2,000
  • Realtors PAC Md., $4,000
  • MSEA Fund For Children & Public Education, $625

Citizens For Matt Holloway — 2014 Donations Combined

  • AHPharma Inc., Salisbury, $250
  • Drew, George F., Hebron, $100
  • Hackert, Raymond L., Salisbury, $200
  • Hall, Nancy, Salisbury, $100
  • Hall, William R., Salisbury, $300
  • Home Builders Association of MD, Windsor Mill, Md., $500
  • Marshall Auction Marketing, Salisbury, $150
  • Richardson, Peter E., Willards, $250

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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