Maryland Freshman Learns It’s Easier To Raise Money as Incumbent

Posted April 16, 2009 at 8:55pm
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Frank Kratovil

What a difference a year makes.

The campaign of Maryland Democrat Frank Kratovil, Jr. took nine months to raise just over $250,000 for the February 2008 primary.  

It’s now 2009. Kratovil is a member of Congress, and his campaign reports hauling in $301,830 during the first quarter of this non-election year. He not only raised a lot, he raised it in the style of an incumbent — relying on political action committes for nearly three-fourths of the campaign’s quarterly take.