A super PAC supporting Amie Hoeber‘s congressional campaign in the 6th District got another infusion of cash from her husband last quarter, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend.

Mark Epstein, a senior executive at Qualcomm, donated more than $1.4 million to the Maryland USA Super PAC between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

The contribution dwarfs contributions to Hoeber’s official campaign committee, which brought in nearly $136,000 from 160 donors last quarter.

She is challenging incumbent Rep. John Delaney (D). While Democrats hold an edge in voter registration in the district, it could be considered the most competitive congressional district in the state.

As the Nov. 8 general election inches closer, both 6th District candidates made their largest expenditures so far this election season.

Hoeber, a Republican, spent $309,127 during the quarter, according to reports from her campaign committee.

Delaney saw his largest quarterly contributions and expenditures so far this election cycle.

He took in $309,436 and spent $463,839 during the quarter, according to the reports.

This past summer, Delaney filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging illegal coordination by Hoeber’s campaign, Epstein, and Maryland USA Super PAC.

In the most recent quarter, the PAC spent almost $1.1 million in support of Hoeber. The committee has spent nearly $2.8 million during the election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group based in Washington.

In the past two weeks, the PAC has spent money on direct mail, phone calls and digital advertising supporting Hoeber’s campaign, according to the center.

Hoeber called the complaint filed by Delaney “completely fraudulent.”

The Federal Election Commission has not issued a ruling in the case.

The 6th District stretches from Montgomery County to the western panhandle and includes the city of Frederick.

8th District candidates differ on spending

Spending was lower in the 8th District, where Democrat Jamie Raskin and Republican Dan Cox are vying to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is leaving his seat to run for Senate.

Raskin, a Montgomery County state senator who has a substantial cushion of Democratic voters in the district, has also raised substantially more money than Cox, an Emmitsburg-based lawyer.

Both men are first-time congressional candidates.

But while Cox lent himself $14,222 last quarter to bring his total donations to a little more than $30,000, Raskin was redirecting some of his fundraising to other groups.

Raskin’s campaign sent $50,000 to the Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland, $40,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $1,750 to the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee during the quarter.

Cox’s campaign focused spending on signs ($2,685) and mailers ($8,774) during the quarter.

The 8th District covers portions of Montgomery and Carroll counties and large parts of Frederick County outside the city of Frederick.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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The fact that Delaney is having trouble with a gerrymandered district says a lot about his term. To his credit, however, he's accomplished almost as much for his district in one term as Bartlett did in ten, which it to say, not much.

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