Wes Moore is a very popular guy these days.
As the favorite to replace term-limited Gov. Larry Hogan (R), the Democratic nominee for governor is the object of fascination for an array of corporate, civic, philanthropic and political leaders – in Maryland, in the region, and across the country – and they are eager to get to know and curry favor with him. One way to accomplish this goal is to throw a fundraiser for Moore and his running mate, former state Del. Aruna Miller (D-Montgomery).
Moore already has been a prolific fundraiser. His campaign finance reports to date have totaled hundreds of pages each and his campaign has attracted thousands of donors, large and small, from Maryland and from out of state.
Now, as the heavy favorite over the GOP nominee, Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), Moore has a breakneck schedule of fundraising events planned. According to invitations viewed by Maryland Matters, Moore has no less than 26 fundraising events scheduled in Maryland or Washington, D.C., between Sept. 11 and Oct. 14, and he’s due to headline at least two fundraisers for other Maryland Democrats over the next five weeks as well.
The list of events reveals a lot about the circles Moore travels in and the powerbrokers who are trying to gain influence with his still-hypothetical administration. The event sponsors are an eyebrow-raising collection of corporate chieftains in critical Maryland industries, local and out-of-town “social entrepreneurs,” high-echelon philanthropists, government contractors, Maryland and D.C. lobbyists and political influencers, and powerful current and former elected officials.
Some event hosts may be looking for jobs – or looking to keep the ones they have now.
Here is the list – and remember, it may be incomplete and does not include any out-of-town events that may be taking place over the next month.
Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m.
Reception at the Pikesville home of Guy Filippelli and Raina Dieterle. He is the managing partner of Squadra Ventures, a venture capital firm, and an ex-Army Intelligence officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She’s a photographer and digital planner and both do charitable work.
The event appears to be geared toward gold-plated Baltimore-area business leaders, particularly in the tech and finance sectors. Listed co-sponsors include:
- Jacob Hsu, CEO of Catalyte
- Sean Nolan, an Under Armour executive
- Frank Settleman, president, Chesapeake Contracting Group
- Marty Brunk, Baltimore market leader, RSM (a major accounting firm)
- Dan Flamholz, principal, Greenspring Realty Partners
- Kyle Gore, senior managing partner, CGA Capital Group
- Mary Miller, former T. Rowe Price executive and U.S. Treasury Department official who ran for mayor of Baltimore in 2020
- Christy Wyskiel, senior adviser to the Johns Hopkins University president for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Sept. 12, 8:45-10 a.m.
Reception in Northwest Washington, D.C., sponsored by J.R. Clark, an attorney with the public and infrastructure finance group of the law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, and Darryl Wiggins, president and CEO of Document Managers and other business ventures. Prior to this fundraiser, Moore is scheduled to speak to the District 18 Democratic Breakfast Club at the Tastee Diner in downtown Silver Spring.
Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m.
Fundraiser in Baltimore hosted by Jon Laria, managing partner at Ballard Spahr, and Trudy Bartel, a retired attorney from the firm Kramon & Graham. The event seems geared to Baltimore-area powerbrokers, many with close connections to former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). Co-hosts include:
- Meryam Bouadjemi, a documentary filmmaker and fellow with the Open Society Institute, and Fagan Harris, the president of Baltimore Corps
- Max Curran, the former governor’s brother-in-law who is an attorney with Venable LLP and a former member of the Maryland Public Service Commission
- Helene Grady, a vice president at Johns Hopkins University and Matthew Gallagher, a former O’Malley chief of staff who is president of the Goldseker Foundation in Baltimore
- Martin Knott, a Baltimore business leader and top Democratic fundraiser, with close ties to O’Malley
- Terry Lierman, business leader and political insider who was chair of the Maryland Democratic Party in 2006, the year O’Malley was elected
- Lainy LeBow-Sachs, top aide to the late Gov. William Donald Schaefer (D)
- Cassie Motz, executive director of the College Bound Foundation in Baltimore
- Damian O’Doherty, partner at KO Public Affairs in Baltimore, whose principals are all ex-O’Malley aides
- Aaron Merki, managing director of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Baltimore, and Paul Pineau, a vice president and general counsel at Johns Hopkins University
- Clair Segal, a fundraising consultant and philanthropist
- Jamie Snead and Steve Ziger, principals of Ziger/Snead Architects
- Mark Fetting, CEO of Legg Mason
- Matthew Wyman, Towson attorney.
Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Reception and rally at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia hosted by Ken Ulman, the former Howard County executive who is president of Margrave Strategies, an economic development consulting firm, and Thomas Bundy, an Ellicott City lawyer. This event appears to be designed to attract Democrats from across the state.
Sept. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
Fundraiser at the home of Baltimore City Councilmember Issac “Yitzy” Schleifer (D) and Del. Dalya Attar (D-Baltimore City), who represent heavily Jewish areas in the northwest corner of the city.
Also on the morning of Sept. 13, Moore is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for the District 21 legislative team, which represents portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties: Sen. Jim Rosapepe and Dels. Ben Barnes, Mary Lehman and Joseline Peña-Melnyk.
Barnes and Peña-Melnyk will be especially vital to Moore’s success if he is elected governor, as he is the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee and she is the new chair of the Health and Government Operations Committee.
Rosapepe, vice chair of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, could also be a useful player for Moore, not just in Annapolis, but because he has national and international political ties.
Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Upper Marlboro home of Thomas Graham, the president of Pepco, co-hosted by Debra Carter, the executive director of the Supplier Development and Diversity Division of the Prince George’s County government, and Gary Michael, an executive at NAI Michael Global development firm in Prince George’s.
Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Annapolis home of Damean Freas, CEO of Clearway Pain Solutions LLC and chair of the Maryland State Board of Physicians. Co-sponsor is Avi Dorfman, a New York-based health tech entrepreneur and real estate executive. Also listed as co-hosts: Seth Ard, a New York lawyer, and Bill Carmody, an attorney and jury expert.
Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Gibson Island home of Christine and Greg Cross. He’s in the commercial mortgage and securities practice at Venable LLC.
Several co-hosts are listed, including: Sarah and Chris Brandt – she’s an attorney and he’s founder and CEO of Audacious Inquiry, a health care tech firm, and Pam Hoehn-Saric, a philanthropist and anti-gun violence activist.
Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Clarksville home of Anwer and Roomina Hasan. She’s a physician and he’s senior vice president of WSP USA Inc., a transportation planning and business consulting firm. He is a former chair of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, a former board member of the Maryland Aviation Administration, and currently serves on the Governor’s P-20 Council, which explores ways to train young Marylanders for the jobs of tomorrow.
Sept. 21, 8-9 a.m.
The Maryland Hospital Association and the MHA PAC are hosting a fundraiser for Moore at the MHA office in Elkridge. Representatives of all member hospitals across the state are invited.
Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Potomac home of state Sen. Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery) and his wife, Janice Feldman. The senator represents the same district that Miller, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, did when she was in the legislature. Feldman is the vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee and a leading authority on energy and utility policy.
Sept. 24, 3-5 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Chevy Chase home of Julie Farkas and Seth Goldman, the founders of Honest Tea and PLNT Burger. He is also chair of the board of Beyond Meat. Co-hosts of the event include Lindsay Lassman, a funder and leader of women’s empowerment organizations, and Tim Shriver, the Kennedy family scion and disability rights activist who is chair of the Special Olympics.
Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Chevy Chase home of Wendy and Michael O’Neil Jr. He is co-chair and founder of Graybridge and a patient engagement and equity advocate. The co-hosts are Dresden Koons, head of the Lower School at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, and Alex Perdikis, an automotive executive who is president and CEO of Koons of Silver Spring Inc. and owner of Inride, a used-car sales and leasing company.
Sept. 25, 4-6 p.m.
Reception at the Sebrof Forbes Cultural Arts Center in Kensington. The event appears to be geared to Black professionals, educators and artists, and is co-chaired by Melvin Forbes, a former telecommunications executive who runs Water Transit Solutions in Prince George’s County, and Dennis Forbes, a visual artist and journalist.
- Lezli Baskerville, CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, an HBCU advocacy group
- Warren Fleming, CEO of Quality Solutions Technology Inc. in Damascus
- Paul Geffert, a software engineer
- John Hale III, head of the Cornerstone Group, which helps minority-owned firms win government contracts
- Charles Hopkins, a commercial real estate developer
- Jereleen Hollimon-Miller, the mayor of Mayesville, S.C., and great grand-niece of Mary McLeod Bethune, the ground-breaking educator and philanthropist and founder of the National Council of Negro Women
- Chris Wilcox, the former University of Maryland and NBA star who has become a STEM education advocate and is founder of the organization Helping Every Day Youth.
Sept. 26, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Pasadena home of Drew Hawkins, who spent 30 years as a Morgan Stanley executive and is now CEO of Edyoucore Sports and Entertainment, a company that teaches financial literacy skills to entertainers and athletes. The event, co-hosted by Ricky Smith, the executive director and CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration, appears to be geared toward Black executives, philanthropists and entrepreneurs.
Several people are listed as co-hosts, including:
- Brigitte Williams-Genovese, a Severna Park Realtor
- Jeff Hargrave, president of Mahogany Inc., a commercial construction firm
- Ron Lipscomb, a developer and construction company executive
- Joyce and Thomas Moorehead – she’s an attorney and together they are philanthropists who own a BMW franchise in Northern Virginia
- Terri and Sandy Roberts, who own airport retail outlets, including at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
- Del. Mike Rogers (D-Anne Arundel)
- Tisha Skinner, who operates a Smoothie King and a Rita’s Ice’s concession at BWI Airport
- Terry Speigner, president and CEO of an IT firm and former chair of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee
- Craig Thompson, Moore’s campaign chair who is a partner at Venable LLC.
Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Washington, D.C., home of Darryl Wiggins, CEO of Document Managers, and co-sponsored by J.R. Clark, the attorney, and Tiffany Rose, vice president of marketing and development at RGS Consulting in D.C. Headlining the event: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).
Oct. 2, 5-7 p.m.
Fundraiser at the home of Jan and Larry Rivitz in Baltimore. She’s the president and CEO of The Straus Foundation in Baltimore and he’s co-founder of Green Street Academy and leader of Bet on Baltimore Inc.
This event is co-sponsored by several Baltimore-area business leaders and entrepreneurs, including:
- Rheda Becker and Bob Meyerhoff, local philanthropists
- Lee Coplan, an architect and business leader, and Linda Huganir, a clinical psychologist
- Andy Graham, a former federal prosecutor and now an defense lawyer, and Leslie Shepard, former director of the Baltimore School of the Arts
- Marla Oros, president of Mosaic Inc., a business consulting group, and David Oros, an executive at Gideon Strategic Partners, a high-tech consulting firm
- Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff, founders of the Centers for Families and Children and the Courts.
Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Potomac home of Devang Shah, an attorney, philanthropist and high-level Democratic donor, and a leader in Maryland’s Asian-American Pacific Islander community. The event is co-sponsored by other AAPI business and political leaders, including:
- Rajan Natarajan, a former deputy secretary of State in Maryland who is CEO of Global Alliant Inc., a tech firm
- Bel Leong-Hong, a tech and management consultant and another leader among AAPI Democratic donors
- Neha Dhir, a National Institutes of Health contractor
- Anand Poojary, a Montgomery County restaurateur and business leader.
Oct. 5, 7-9:30 p.m.
Fundraiser at Bar ONE in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood, hosted by Peter Thomas, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur who owns the bar. The event appears to be geared toward Black entrepreneurs. Co-hosts include:
- Len Burnett, an owner of several media outlets
- Wendy Credle, an entertainment attorney and producer
- Karenthia Barber, a business consultant, former chair of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, and board chair of Maryland Automobile Insurance, a quasi-state agency
- Richard McClearn, a sales manager with DISYS Solutions, a tech company
- Marjorie Fields Harris, a communications consultant, and J. Wyndal Gordon, a Baltimore lawyer.
Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Chevy Chase home of David Javdan, an attorney and finance expert at Alvarez & Marsal in D.C. Co-hosts include Gila Bronner, a Chicago-based consultant for state and local governments.
Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m.
Fundraiser at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville. No further details were available.
Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Chevy Chase home of Izzy Klein of the Klein/Johnson Group, a former Capitol Hill aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and former House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt.
Listed co-hosts include Jason Gold, an executive vice president of Resolute Public Affairs, Adam Chase, a D.C. attorney, Lisa Kanter, a former attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, and Monica Sakala, founder of SOMA Strategies, a D.C.-based marketing and social media consulting firm.
Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Baltimore home of Kevin Sowers, the president of Johns Hopkins Health Systems and Anthony Evans. The listed co-hosts are Maria Harris Tildon, the vice president of state and local affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Chuck Tildon, vice president of external affairs at the University of Maryland Medical System.
Oct. 12, 5-6:30 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Capitol Hill town house of former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen (D-Md.), who is now president and CEO of the LEAD 1 Association, which represents university athletic directors and programs of the Football One Subdivision. This event appears to be geared to the Capitol Hill crowd and is co-hosted by several D.C. lobbyists and political operatives – including some who were former officeholders. The sponsor list includes:
- Colm O’Comartun, the former executive director of the Democratic Governors Association and former top O’Malley aide who is now a principal of the consulting firm 50 State
- Former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard (D), who also served as ambassador to Canada under President Clinton and is now a senior counsel to DLA Piper
- Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), now a lobbyist with Foley & Lardner
- Terry Lierman, the former Maryland Democratic chair
- Johnathan Lozier, a vice president at Stateside Associates
- Former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), now a lobbyist with Nelson Mullins
- Keiffer Mitchell, the former Maryland delegate and Baltimore City councilmember who held key positions in the Hogan administration and recently joined the BGR Group
- Mike Stratton, a longtime Democratic consultant who is with the firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
- Justin Towles, a former O’Malley aide who works for Crown Consulting
- Steven VanGrack, an attorney and former Rockville mayor
- Josh Wachs, the former chief operation officer of the Democratic National Committee who is now a self-described “social impact strategist.”
Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Potomac home of Patrice King Brickman, the head of Inspire Capital LLC and minority owner of Monumental Sports, owners of the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics.
Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Fundraiser at the Ellicott City home of Arul Vigg, a doctor.
And if all that isn’t exhausting enough work for Moore, he’s scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) on Oct. 16 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Pittman was the first leader of a large jurisdiction to back Moore in the Democratic primary.
This story has been updated to add one event to the list.
By Josh Kurtz