Inside the World of Pat McDonough
While Delegate Pat McDonough likes to portray himself as a man of the people, his campaign finance tells some other stories, including potential problems with state law.
First, here’s a copy of Pat McDonough’s campaign finance report.
You can easily see it for yourself, too at campaignfinancemd.us, but I wanted to keep it here for context purposes. McDonough, incidentally, has racked up $4,140 in fines and late fees after filing his latest campaign report late. McDonough leads his colleagues in Annapolis with 26 violations on his campaign account dating back to 2006, filing almost every single campaign report late.
A couple of expenditures really stick out;
- McDonough is currently driving a Cadillac SVU. On McDonough’s campaign finance report, the campaign makes six payments to GM Finance., including an initial payment of $4,387.15. In total, McDonough’s campaign pays out $6,361.60 to GM. That’s 14% of his total campaign expenditures.
- McDonough also paid out some features of his car. While it is not unusual for campaigns to pay for gas used on a campaign ($300.12), it is unusual for the campaign to get charged for car washes, as McDonough did.
- Over $1,100 in restaurant charges for lunches and dinners out ($1,138.39). Again, not illegal if done in conjunction with campaign activity, but unsightly.
- $112.06 for “Books and membership” charges to Barnes & Noble;
- $551.85 to two different cell phone companies for phone coverage.
Some of this activity extended to McDonough’s Congressional campaign as well. McDonough’s federal account made $331.40 of disbursements to T-Mobile, Consumer Cellular and Metro PCS, again for cell phone services. There were also several “campaign meeting” and meal expenses listed at restaurants in the district.
The most curious expenditure in his federal account was $6,000 to his wife, Valerie McDonough, for “Consulting/Staffing/Computer.”
While the above purchases may be legal, it does show that Pat McDonough’s campaign donors are funding Pat McDonough’s lifestyle, including his luxury vehicle, dinners, and his cell phone. That hardly fits with the image that Pat McDonough has been putting forth over the course of his career.
McDonough may have bigger problems than his image, though.
One of the things that McDonough has boasted about on Facebook is having a busy campaign office. Curiously, there is no expenditure for a campaign office on McDonough’s report, nor is there an in-kind contribution of office space listed on the report.
McDonough’s website lists his campaign office as 136 Carroll Island Road, Baltimore, which is actually located in Middle River.
A Red Maryland reader recently went to this address. And you’ll note a few things.
You’ll notice in large letters that the office is McDonough’s District Office. Even though it’s listed on his campaign website as his campaign office.
A closer look shows that the office is clearly being used as a campaign office.
The office, which again is labeled as McDonough’s district office, contains all sorts of yard signs and promotional materials for his county executive campaign, including a humorous sign in the second image that says Pat McDonough is “following in the footsteps of great leadership” of William Donald Schaefer and Ronald Reagan.
So where is the money for the office coming from? If it’s coming from McDonough’s campaign finance account, then the expenditures are not being accounted for in his campaign finance report. If he’s receiving the space as an in-kind donation, then the donation is not being accounted for in his campaign finance report. If it’s coming from the State of Maryland for use as his District office, then he is improperly using state resources for political purposes.
Needless to say, voters should have a lot of questions regarding McDonough’s campaign and campaign finance reports.