“A GOOD LAWYER KNOWS THE LAW; A GREAT LAWYER KNOWS THE JUDGE” – Sen. Paul Jacob Bailey. Latest campaign finance reports on St. Mary’s Judge race

Campaign Finance for Judge Candidates
in Saint Mary’s County



One of the newest heavy rollers in St. Mary’s County politics is realtor Mathew Burgan of Piney Point, who, on April 1, 2024, wrote a check for six grand ($6,000.00) to keep Judge Amy as Circuit Court Judge, which is a great thing to have a friend in Circuit Court given the number of civil litigation cases many realtors and developers encounter over the years. Given that the check was written on April Fools Day, will Lorenzini get to keep the money?

Mortgage broker Barry Friedman of St. Mary’s City, Md., busted loose with a check for $2,505.00 and also penned a check dated April 1, 2024, showing that the old proverb of fools and their money are often separated.  It could’ve been a slew of Power Ball lottery tickets.  Campaign records for April 8 and 11, show that Friedman provided his credit card for $2,650 on one date and $2,750 on the other.

Realtor Helen Werneke of Leonardtown parted with $520.00 in cash on the barrel head on February 27, 2024, according to campaign finance records.

Donald Burch of Mechanicsville contributed $250.00, while Burch Oil Company threw in a check for $300.00 in April of 2024.

Builder Wayne Davis provided Lorenzini with a contribution of $1,000 on April 26, 2024.

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Dan Morris (R.) ran as a Democrat for Sheriff in 2002 in the primary. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Former St. Mary’s Commissioner Danny Morris, Republican, wrote a check for $100.00 on April 26, 2024.

Obrien Realty of Solomons, Maryland, provided a contribution of $500.00 on April 26, 2024.

Former St. Mary’s Planning Commission member Frank Taylor contributed $200.00.

Car dealer and all-around political Kingmaker Geoffrey Wanamaker of Prince Frederick, owner of Bayside Auto Group, contributed $5,000.

Tri-County Abstract, owned by Mike Whitson who has roots in many losing political campaigns going back to the nineties, only ponied up $500.00, showing how he is hedging his bets.


George Meng, of Meng Law, formerly of Prince Frederick did another one of those April 1st contributions in the amount of $500.00.

Mark Mudd of LaPlata tossed $1,000.00 in the Lorenzini campaign kitty on March 12, 2024.

John Ray of Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald contributed $300.00 on March 29, 2024.

Stephen Oberg, of Annapolis, contributed $500.00 on February 22, 2024.

St. Mary’s County States Attorney Jaymi Sterling forked over $100.00 to Lorenzini on April Fool’s Day, apparently not hedging her bets on getting nice rulings from the Judge in court.  Prosecutors donating to campaigns for Judges helps provide more of a Brothel touch to the Maryland Judiciary, which is very well deserved given the level of the culture of corruption in Maryland.

Alpert Schreyer LLC of Waldorf contributed $1,000.00 on April 1, 2024.

Robert Blizard of Springfield, Va., made a total of $800.00 in contributions in April of 2024. Out-of-state lawyers frequently team up with Maryland attorneys to represent clients in Maryland courts.

Calvert County attorney Lawrence Cumberland increased his donations by $2500.00, to a total of $5,000.00. Amy Lorenzini was formerly his law firm’s manager.

Joseph F. Vallario Jr. of Suitland, Md., provided a donation of $250.00 on April 26, 2024. Vallario is a very frequent flyer in the courts of Southern Maryland, making this a much better use of the dough than sending out calendars at Christmas.

On April 26, 2024, Jacquelyn Meiser, formerly the Metcom honcho in charge of everything and private attorney, contributed $1,150.00. Records show that Meiser used a credit card to purchase $1,100.00 in tickets. On April 12, 2024, David Meiser contributed $1400.00.

Ted Staples, of Annapolis, Md., contributed $450.00 in a check on April 26, 2024.

Paul-Dorsey-at-far-left-at-slots-hearing-in Maryland General Assembly with Lucky-Bingo-guy-and-former House Speaker Casper-Taylor. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Paul Dorsey of Lexington Park provided a check for ticket purchases in the amount of $100.00.

Sean Rogers of Leonardtown forked over $600 on a credit card for ticket purchases on April 9, 2024.

Lorenzini May 2024 campaign finance report

April campaign finance report for Lorenzini

Interview with Sue Ann Armitage.
Lorenzini has not made herself available for an interview or answered questions posed to her about her contributors.


Realtors, Fat Cats, Developers and Lobbyists

Walter Raynor Blair, Jewelry store owner and commercial property owner, got off cheap with a check for 200 bucks to Armitage on April 9, 2024.

John Bohanan with St. Mary’s Assistant States Attorney Alan Cecil in Great Mills. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Former St. Mary’s County Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly John Bohanan of St. Mary’s City, a longtime Democrat aide to U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, who is a lobbyist with Cornerstone Government Affairs, wrote a check to Armitage for $500 on April 19, 2024.

Frances Eagan was elected to the first all-Republican Board of Commissioners in modern history in St. Mary’s County in 1994.

Former St. Mary’s County Commissioner Frances Eagan, a Republican stalwart, parted with a check for $1,200.

As of April 25, 2024, entrepreneur and investor Ruth Feicht of California, Maryland, contributed $5,000 to the Armitage campaign.

The personal bodyguard for St. Mary’s Commissioner, Mike Hewitt, thought the photos were all about her and Mike (in the white shirt) and ordered the photographer to cease and desist from taking their photo. Elaine Hewitt is on the left. Note her feet are firmly planted on the public street.

Elaine Hewitt, the wife of Republican St. Mary’s Commissioner Mike Hewitt, presented the Armitage campaign with $500 on April 9, 2024.

St. Mary’s County Planning Commission Chairman J. Howard Thompson sought to fence out lurking persons at gas pumps

St. Mary’s Planning Commission Chairman J. Howard Thompson contributed $250 to the Armitage campaign on April 20, 2024.

Brinsfield Funeral Home contributed $1,000.00 to the Armitage effort on March 14, 2024. While this entry could have been a credit for services rendered in the event the campaign was unsuccessful, the donation was paid by check.

Dr. Sarah-Taylor-Rogers-Secretary-of-Maryland-Dept-of-Natural-Resources from 1999 to 2011.

Developer and St. Mary’s County resident J. Whitson Rogers contributed $600.00 to Armitage on April 3, 2024. His late wife, SARAH J. TAYLOR-ROGERS, Ph.D., was appointed by Maryland Governor Paris Glendening to his cabinet as Secretary of Natural Resources, where she served from 1999-2001. The couple lived in Piney Point for many years. J. Whitson Rogers developed much of Golden Beach fifty years ago and owns property at Piney Point.

An LLC owned by Mary Lynn and Joe Stone provided a donation to Armitage of $500.00.



Sarah Proctor, a prosecutor in both Charles and St. Mary’s County and unsuccessful candidate for Circuit Court Judge in Charles County, wrote a check to Armitage for $50.00 on April 18, 2024.

St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling contributed $150.00 to the Armitage campaign, making her ethically impaired to appear before either winner of this Judge race, were there such a thing as Judicial Ethics in Maryland. Fortunately for her, the Armitage campaign returned the donation on April 25, 2024.

Leonardtown attorney John Weiner and Gov. Marvin Mandel 2012. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Attorney John Weiner, who personifies the term cheap among lawyers, contributed fifty bucks to Armitage on April 18, 2024.

Former St. Mary’s States Attorney George Sparling donated $100.00 on March 16, 2024.

Armitage May campaign finance report

Armitage April campaign finance report

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