Gov. William Donald Schaefer's big lead may have dwindled during the closing days of his successful re-election campaign, but his fund-raising ability remained intact.
Schaefer raked in $123,607 during the campaign's final two weeks, raising his total for the campaign to $2.4 million, according to financial reports filed yesterday.
Schaefer's Republican opponent, William Shepard, garnered $23,893 between Oct. 20 and Nov. 22, raising his campaign total to $130,390. The Shepard campaign also ended $18,560 in debt, while Schaefer showed a balance of $106,402.
The governor outspent his opponent by 15 to 1, the figures show.
Schaefer, who after holding huge leads in the polls won re-election with slightly more than 59 percent of the vote, used his fund-raising edge generously in the days before the Nov. 6 election. He spent $197,080 on campaign advertising, raising his campaign total for media expenditures to $650,070.
Meanwhile, Shepard could afford to spend only $2,116 on advertising during the campaign's crucial final two weeks. In all, he spent $5,153 on campaign advertising.
Schaefer's war chest allowed him to dole out $44,500 during the latest reporting period to political friends around the state. But that financial help did not always translate into victory.
For instance, Schaefer gave Democratic Senate loser Patricia Cushwa $1,000. He gave $3,000 to long-time Del. William H. Cox Jr., D-Harford, another loser. He supported Del. Michael Gisriel, D-Balto. Co., who likewise was defeated.
Schaefer was generous enough to give to friends who faced no real political risk in November either because they had lost in the primary or faced no significant opposition in the general election.
Among them was the 39th District delegation led by Sen. Larry Young, D-City, who was unopposed in both the primary and general election but received $1,250 from Schaefer during the latest reporting period. Also, Sen. Clarence Blount, D-City, received a $2,000 November contribution from Schaefer even though he had no general election foe.
Also benefiting from the governor's largess was Sen. George Della, D-City, who received $1,250 despite the absence of significant opposition.
Schaefer made a November donation of $750 to long-time friend and supporter Nathaniel Oaks, a former delegate who was forced out of office after a conviction for double-dipping on his campaign expenses. The Schaefer gift came after Oaks' political comeback attempt was foiled in the September primary.
Schaefer backed his share of winners during the latest reporting period. Among them were Harford County Executive-elect Eileen Rehrmann ($5,000), Prince George's County State's Attorney Alex Williams ($2,000) and Sen. John A. Pica Jr., D-City, ($1,500).
While Schaefer was the state's biggest fund-raiser, he was not the only politician to raise significant money during the past campaign.
In Carroll County, Larry Haines, a Republican who won the 5th District state Senate race, filed a report showing total receipts of $95,118 and expenditures of $94,994. The report showed he also had $11,385 of debt, including a $10,000 loan from campaign treasurer W. Wilson Lippy.
Among his big contributors was the Maryland Realtors Political Action Committee, which gave $6,800, including $500 worth of campaign consulting services.
Carroll County Commissioner J. Jeffrey Griffith, Haines' Democratic opponent, received $114,494 and spent $109,779, according to a copy of the finance report supplied by his campaign treasurer, John Salony. The remaining cash balance is just enough to cover outstanding bills totaling $4,169.
Among Griffith's major contributors were two abortion rights groups, Choice PAC-Maryland, which gave $2,500, and the Maryland chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League PAC, which gave $2,000. The Maryland Democratic Party also gave $5,000.
In Anne Arundel County's hottest state Senate race, Republican Del. John Leopold spent all but $5,197 of the $174,734 he raised in his futile bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Philip C. Jimeno.
Leopold received the bulk of that money to run for county executive, a race he abandoned in June in favor of the Senate bid. A few contributors asked for their money back after he switched races. He returned $3,800 in donations from Oct. 22 to Nov. 20, while taking in only $710. He lent himself $9,000 two weeks before the election and repaid himself afterward.
Jimeno said his campaign fund report was mailed yesterday, and he had not seen it yet.
Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr., D-Prince George's, raised $409,543, just $3,025 of which came during the latest reporting period. Miller, who is widely discussed as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 1994, reported having more than $207,028 remaining on hand.