Republican Larry E. Haines and Democrat Jeff Griffith have been flooded with financial support from outside political organizations in their antagonistic Senate District 5 election battle, while County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge has splurged lately in a dogfight re-election bid.
Final campaign finance reports before Tuesday's election, covering the period from Aug. 27 through Oct. 21, also show that the bitterly contested county state's attorney's race has matched or exceeded the commissioner's election and several General Assembly contests in money raised and spent.
Here is a breakdown of campaign finance activity:
Republican Gouge, the lone incumbent, flexed her financial muscle the last two months. During the latest period, she spent $11,324, doubling the amount of the next highest spender, Democrat Elmer C. Lippy Jr., with $5,340. Gouge also raised $9,264, more than triple the amount of any of the other five candidates. She spent $7,550 on media.
Gouge collected $5,240 during the last period at fund-raisers and received $1,400 from relatives and a business in Georgia. Gouge, who leads the field with $21,440 raised and $20,388 spent overall, also received $200 from Glen Falls Realty and $250 from Sykesville farmer Edwin E. Rash, who has petitioned the county to rezone a family farm from agriculture to residential.
Democrat Sharon L. Baker raised $3,064, second to Gouge, during the period. She received a $700 infusion from political clubs, including $500 from the Carroll Educators Political Action Club and $200 from the Maryland Classified Employees Association.
Republican Donald I. Dell, who has rivaled Gouge's purse throughout the election, slowed his financing activities considerably since the Sept. 11 primary, raising $2,500 and spending $2,152. Still, Dell, in his third bid for the office, has raised $18,141 and spent $16,317 overall -- about double that of any of the other candidates except Gouge.
Lippy, mayor of Manchester, spent $3,108 on media during the last period. He has made $5,000 in personal loans to his $9,207 overall war chest.
Republican Richard T. Yates, who says he objects to soliciting money for campaigns, raised just $72.50 during the last period and spent $743, all but $65 on postage. He has lent his campaign $3,197 of the total $3,270 raised.
Democrat Richard F. Will Sr. has run a no-frills campaign, collecting less than any other candidate at $3,124 overall. Griffith and Delegate Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll, have supported his effort.
The contentious Senate District 5 battle has attracted statewide interest, evidenced by the amount of money from political action committees each candidate received in the last reporting period.
Overall, Griffith, the pro-abortion rights commissioner, has raised $91,000, while Haines, the anti-abortion, realty business owner, has garnered $71,072.
During the last period, Griffith received $9,450 and Haines, $9,250, from PACs. None of Carroll's other eight state office candidates received more than $2,050 from PACs during that period.
Griffith received $1,000 from Choice PAC, an abortion-rights advocacy group; $2,500 from Maryland Legal PAC; $1,750 from Citizens Rights Committee; $500 each from Carroll Educators Political Action Club and Bereano PAC, representing a leading Annapolis lobbyist; and $200 from Home Builders Association of Maryland Political Affairs Committee.
He also has received generous support in the latest period from other Democratic candidates and affiliated committees, including $7,500 from Gov.
William Donald Schaefer, $3,000 from Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, $2,500 from the Maryland Democratic Party and $500 from Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke.
In other contributions, totaling $13,346 in the last period, he collected $1,000 from Masonry Contractors, Inc., a prominent Carroll home-building company owned by Martin K. P. Hill, and $1,000 from Hill's son, Martin P. Hill. Phoenix Recycling Inc. of Finksburg contributed $1,000.
Haines received $1,000 from Maryland Right to Life PAC; $400 from Right to Life Montgomery County PAC; $5,000 from the Maryland GOP Senate-House Committee; and $1,000 from Maryland PAC, which supports pro-business candidates. He garnered $5,670 in individual contributions. His treasurer, W. Wilson Lippy, lent him $9,000.
In the race for two seats in House of Delegates District 5A, Democratic candidate Ellen L. Willis raised $9,930 and spent $8,714 during the most recent reporting period. Carroll Educators Political Action Club and Sen.
Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., contributed $250 each, and county Budget Director Steven D. Powell, $395.
Following his own tradition, Delegate Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll,a six-term legislator and chairman of the Carroll delegation, did not actively seek contributions. He lent his campaign $2,600 of the $4,145 he raised during the period. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund in Washington contributed $200.