Councilman David G. Boschert, who faced a single unknown opponent in the 1990 campaign, spent almost $72,000 during the last four years.
That is far more than any other council candidate except Councilman Edward C. "Buddy" Ahearn, D-Pasadena, who spent $102,767, according to campaign finance reports released Friday. Ahern, who is seeking his fifth term, had four primary election opponents and faces Carl "Dutch" Holland in the Nov. 6 general election.
Holland has raised a total of $11,675, with $665 remaining.
During the most recent two-month reporting period, Ahern raised $25,383.
Most of that -- $22,250 -- came from a fund-raising dinner heavily supported by developers. Ahern has $1,567 left.
Boschert, a Crownsville Democrat, has $25,000 sitting in the bank. He was challenged only by political newcomer Edwin D. "Dan" Bell, who raised about $800 for the primary.
Much of the money Boschert has spent during the last four years has gone for charity fund-raisers and community events, he said.
"It's not uncommon for me to spend $200 in tickets for the Pink Lady Ball at Anne Arundel General Hospital," Boschert said. "You've got to remember, this is over a four-year period. The whole idea is to have people support you -- business people and community people -- and then they give back to you. That's what I do."
Most of the $15,825 Boschert spent during the last two months was for his annual Octoberfest fund-raiser in Jessup. The event cost him $11,200.
The rest of the money was used for charity events and contributions to other candidates. "It would be nice to pack up and not do anything (since he has no general election opposition), but that wouldn't be very fair to (other) candidates," Boschert said.
Boschert raised $14,498 in the last two months, $13,940 of it from ticket sales to the Octoberfest event.
A number of developers bought tickets. They include Mandrin Construction of Pasadena, $400 worth of tickets; Presidential Building Inc. of Severna Park, $200; Village Realty of Annapolis, $300; Laurel Sand & Gravel Co.
of Laurel, $500; and Russet Center Ltd., $240.
Developers who bought tickets to Ahern's dinner included Halle Construction of Silver Spring, $500 worth; FJS Builders of Glen Burnie, $100; Sunshine Homes Inc. of Severna Park, $500; Mandrin Construction, $500; and Branham Contractors Inc. of Pasadena, $500.
Other County Council candidates also received developer money. But they did not even come close to Boschert and Ahern in terms of total money raised and spent.
In the hotly contested 5th District race, Republican Diane R. Evans has raised a total of $27,636, while Democrat Linda Gilligan came up with $23,215, including $9,800 of her own money, which she lent to the campaign.
Gilligan took in $15,466 during the last two months and has $8,180 left, with $6,386 in loans outstanding. Evans raised $14,167 and has $6,480 on hand.
Evans and Gilligan both received $200 from the Anne Arundel County Realtors Political Action Committee. District 2 Democrat Edward Middlebrooks received $1,000 in PAC money from Anne Arundel County Realtors, as did Republican John Klocko, the District 7 challenger.
The finance reports showed Middlebrooks has raised a total of $27,220, with $3,512 on hand. Klocko has $1,480 left after raising a total $14,610, and District 1 Democrat George Bachman raised a total $26,785 with $2,771 remaining.
Two-term Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis, raised a total of $22,975 and has $4,357 left.
Finance reports for Councilwoman Virginia P. Clagett, D-West River; District 1 Republican Gerald Starr; District 2 Republican Ernest Michaelson; and District 6 Republican Glenn Gibbs were unavailable at press time.