By Adam Pagnucco.
Four labor unions and an immigrant advocacy organization have contributed a combined $90,000 to a Super PAC which opposes the election of David Blair as Montgomery County Executive.
The Progressive Maryland Liberation Alliance PAC is a Super PAC affiliated with Progressive Maryland. The Super PAC’s Chair, Larry Stafford, is Progressive Maryland’s Executive Director. The group has previously distributed anti-Blair flyers but now has the money to do a lot more than that.
The Super PAC’s campaign finance filings indicate that it was organized for the purpose of supporting gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, State Senate candidates Jill Carter, Antonio Hayes and Mary Washington, State’s Attorney candidate Victor Ramirez and Delegate candidate Melissa Wells and opposing State Senator Bobby Zirkin, State’s Attorney candidate Ivan Bates and Blair. But the labor contributions to the Super PAC were explicitly designated to opposing Blair. Those contributions included $35,000 from MCGEO, $35,000 from the Laborers, $10,000 from UNITE HERE Local 25, $5,000 from SEIU Local 500 and $5,000 from immigrant advocacy group Casa in Action. All of these organizations except for UNITE HERE Local 25 have endorsed Marc Elrich for Executive, as has Progressive Maryland.
Of these contributions, $10,000 has been spent on a video opposing Blair. We imagine MoCo voters will be seeing that video soon.
With $80,000 remaining, the Super PAC has enough money to finance mailers and more. What’s unclear is how much more money it can raise with labor spending almost a million dollars to elect Ben Jealous as Governor and more than $600,000 to elect Donna Edwards as Prince George’s County Executive. Still, they are playing in MoCo and we expect them to play hard.