Annapolis isn’t accustomed to a high-dollar political fundraiser during the General Assembly session. Statewide elected officials and all 188 members of the legislature are barred from raising money during the 90-day session.
And yet, elected officials and high rollers gathered Wednesday evening in the Red Red Wine Bar on Main Street, a popular venue for political events in the off season, for a fundraiser for a newish entity known as the Prince George’s Now PAC. That’s a pro-business political action committee constructed from the ashes of an older political organization, the Jobs 1st PAC, which attempted to influence the Prince George’s County Council elections of 2022.
The new iteration was put together by former County Councilmember Derrick Leon Davis (D), who resigned in April 2022, eight months before his term was due to end. Davis, who calls himself Prince George’s Now’s executive director, is relaunching the PAC after a period of “not resignation, but rest, relaxation and restoration.” The PAC’s purpose, he said, is to “provide a voice to the business community and how the business community produces revenues for the community.”
State Treasurer Dereck Davis (D), no relation to the former council member, but a friend and political ally, was listed as the headliner for the fundraiser, with tickets starting at $500. Derrick Leon Davis described the treasurer, who spent 27 years as a powerful member of the House of Delegates while also serving in Prince George’s County government, as “one of the most important people” responsible for the county’s economic growth.