County Executive Robert R. Neall has raised $80,681 in campaign funds during the last year -- a lot of money to the average citizen, but not very much to a man widely expected to run for governor.
Neall's campaign finance report, filed Tuesday, shows he raised most of themoney -- about $43,175 -- at a Feb. 27, 1991 fund-raiser. The remaining money came mostly from individual contributions.
Neall has $50,529 remaining in the bank after paying off expenses. Some of those were left over from his 1990 campaign for county executive, during which he spent a record $460,000. He paid himself $7,700 for field expenses, such as office supplies, mileage and car-phone bills from the campaign.
The executive raised more money during the reporting period, which ran from Nov. 20, 1990 to Nov. 19, than anyother local politician.
The only other elected official who rakedin a comparable sum was Sen. Michael J. Wagner, D-Ferndale, who raised $52,307. A professional caterer, Wagner received many contributions from liquor stores and restaurants that serve alcohol.
Sens. Philip Jimeno, D-Brooklyn Park, and Gerald Winegrad, D-Annapolis, collected $15,525 and $14,851, respectively. Sen. John Cade raised $9,130.
Councilman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville, was the only County Council member one to collect a sizable amount. He raised $19,071, most of it at his annual October fund-raiser.
Councilwoman Virginia P. Clagett, D-West River, raised $2,300, while Councilman Carl G. "Dutch" Holland came up with $2,075.
Finance reports for seven officials were not available.
Neall's press secretary, Louise Hayman, said $80,000 is not an extravagant amount for someone running for countyexecutive or possibly for governor in 1994.
"Actually, this is a modest campaign chest," she said. Based on what the 1990 campaign cost, "We're behind schedule in terms of raising money."
A gubernatorial campaign would cost millions, said Hayman, who was Gov. William Donald Schaefer's deputy press secretary before coming to work for Neall.
Neall refuses to discuss rumors that he will run for governor in 1994. However, Republicans and Democrats alike consider him a likely, leading candidate.