Jimeno Spent Much More Than Previously Reported

November 29, 1990|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff writer

One day after state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, D-Brooklyn Park, estimated that he had spent $90,000 on his re-election, the District 31 lawmaker said he was "embarrassed" to learn that he had spent much more than that.

Jimeno's campaign finance report shows that the senator spent $66,406 on a media and direct mail blitz in the last two weeks of the 1990 campaign alone. Overall, Jimeno's campaign laid out $132,346 in the 5-month-long campaign.

"We never had to deal with this much money before," said Jimeno, who defeated Delegate John Leopold, R-Pasadena, with 56 percent of the vote.

"It's an embarrassment."

Jimeno entered the race with $39,018, Leopold $163,354. Then Democratic leaders statewide rallied around Jimeno in September and October, infusing his campaign with cash and making public endorsements.

The latest report -- due Tuesday -- shows Jimeno received $43,113 in cash and in-kind contributions during the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

The Maryland Democratic Party donated $2,000 and mailed two pro-Jimeno brochures to District 31 voters worth another $18,400, the report shows.

Montgomery Countians for William Donald Schaefer donated $6,000.

The Maryland Realtors Political Action Committee contributed $2,000.

Yesterday, Leopold said that, contrary to previous newspaper accounts, Jimeno outspent him in the Senate race.

Leopold's report shows the two-term delegate spent $169,537 of $174,734 he raised. Both figures include $9,000 he lent his own campaign, which was never spent and has been repaid. They also includes $45,000 he spent on an aborted county executive bid and $6,200 he returned to disgruntled contributors.

Leopold, whom polls showed had a 6 percentage-point lead in mid-October, spent only $17,000 on advertising and campaign posters in the final weeks.

Jimeno's report -- which was mailed to the state Administrative Board of Election Laws -- was not initially available Tuesday. Having just returned from a post-election holiday in Key West, Fla., Jimeno estimated substantially lower numbers.

Leopold said he believes his opponent still has underreported his in-kind contributions from other Democratic officials.

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