Bill Turque reports this afternoon that David Trone took out a full page ad in the Washington Post today to explain his rationale for self-funding, and indicated that his spending will exceed $9.1 million when he files his FEC report later this week:
Wine retailer David Trone will report to the Federal Election Commission later this week that he has spent $9.1 million of his own money so far in pursuit of the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, making him all but certain to become the biggest self-funding House candidate ever.
Trone, who lives in Potomac, made the disclosure in a full-page ad in this morning’s Washington Post. In the ad, he explained that as a first-time candidate running against better-known opponents, he needed to spend what was necessary to convey his positions on issues. He also said that relying on his own resources would leave him unencumbered by special interests once in office.
The full ad can be viewed here.