Schmoke's budget dwarfs Burns'

August 21, 1991

Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has raised a stunning $1,596,881 to win re-election.

Mr. Schmoke has spent $1,258,855 -- including $351,413.23 for fund-raisers and $230,333 to pay his campaign staff, according to the mayor's two-volume finance report filed yesterday.

In contrast, the all-volunteer effort of former Mayor Clarence H. "Du" Burns has raised $118,802.

Nearly all of it, however, has been spent by Mr. Burns to try and win back his City Hall office, according to Mr. Burns' report.

And, with only three weeks left in the Democratic primary race, Mr. Schmoke has $338,026 left, compared with $8,617.65 for Mr. Burns.

In 1987, Mr. Burns only lost to Mr. Schmoke by about 5,000 votes.

William A. Swisher, the former Baltimore state's attorney who also is vying for the Democratic nomination, reported raising $23,063.

On Sept. 12, city residents will elect Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor, president of the City Council, comptroller -- and 18 seats in the City Council.

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