Cheating and bribery, using money in exchange for votes

This story was updated at 10 a.m. on June 16, 2022, to include Tom DeGonia’s campaign finance report

Incumbent John McCarthy had the most money on hand among all four candidates running in the Montgomery County state’s attorney race as of Thursday morning, according to campaign finance reports.

McCarthy’s campaign reported more than $250,000 in the bank, according to a pre-primary disclosure report that candidates for state and local offices were required to file with the State Board of Elections by midnight Tuesday.

McCarthy, who is running for a fifth four-year term, received almost $20,000 in contributions from Jan. 13 and June 7 – the period covered by the report. He also took out a $75,000 personal loan to his campaign on Jan. 7, the report states.

McCarthy also reported spending the most money among the three candidates, nearly $133,000, during the reporting period.

Challenger Perry Paylor, a deputy state’s attorney in Prince George’s County, reported nearly $118,000 on hand as of Wednesday morning. Paylor received almost $60,000 in campaign contributions during the period that the report covers. Records show he took out a $25,000 loan to his campaign on Jan. 10 and spent nearly $79,000.

Challenger Tom DeGonia, a Rockville attorney and former Montgomery County prosecutor, had more than $90,000 in the bank as of Thursday morning, according to his campaign finance report. DeGonia received more than $31,000 in contributions during the reporting period. His report also shows that he loaned his campaign $25,000 between Dec. 24 and Jan. 12. DeGonia spent nearly $20,000 during the reporting period.

Records show that DeGonia filed his report after the deadline and incurred a $20 fine.

Challenger Bernice Mireku-North, a Silver Spring attorney and former Anne Arundel County prosecutor, had the lowest cash balance with $13,770, among the four candidates. Mireku-North received almost $15,000 in campaign contributions during the reporting period. She reported spending more than $24,000.

The primary is July 19. For more information about voting and the candidates, visit Bethesda Beat’s 2022 primary election voters guide.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

Dan Schere

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com.