Large gifts boost Sophocleus treasury

September 04, 1994|By John A. Morris and John Rivera | John A. Morris and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writers

State Del. Theodore J. Sophocleus, a Democratic candidate for county executive, has raised more money than any of his four rivals in the Sept. 13 primary on the strength of 13 contributions of $1,000 or more.

Mr. Sophocleus, the Democrats' 1990 nominee, has collected $27,190 since the candidates last filed campaign finance reports with the state Aug. 16, new reports filed Friday show.

Mr. Sophocleus' campaign has received $121,901 in donations over the past four years, with nearly three-quarters of that coming in since November. Mr. Sophocleus did not begin campaigning in earnest until June when he was certain that County Executive Robert R. Neall, a Republican, would not seek re-election.

Robert Agee, vice president of Chaney Enterprises Inc., a Southern Maryland sand and gravel conglomerate, has raised $42,907 in two weeks, of which $20,000 came from personal loans. Mr. Agee has raised $68,457 since he entered the race in June. Nearly half that amount -- $29,000 -- consists of loans from his personal accounts.

County police Cpl. Larry E. Walker entered the race in January and has raised a total of $18,148. He reported no new contributions since Aug. 16.

The report for H. Erle Schafer, a Glen Burnie landlord and former clerk of the Circuit Court, was unavailable at the state election board Friday. Mr. Schafer said he mailed his report.

Mr. Schafer estimated that he had raised about $7,000 recently; he said he has about $9,000 for the final nine days of the campaign. He said he is concentrating on raising money for newspaper advertisements that will run this week. "That's all we have left to do," he said.

Mr. Sophocleus' campaign has about $12,049 remaining. though owes the candidate $3,250 for a loan.

Reports show that Mr. Agee had about $8,922 in cash at his disposal as of Friday, though they also show his campaign owed $11,461 for cable television and newspaper advertisements, telephone service, stationery, yard signs and bumper stickers in addition to the loans. On Friday, Mr. Agee said most of those debts had been paid that day.

Mr. Walker had $99 remaining and one outstanding bill of $55 from the production of a 30-second television commercial. He has paid Jones Intercable $1,983 to air the spot.

Mr. Agee has outspent his rivals, spending $37,368 since Aug. 16. That includes $5,200 for advertising on three county cable networks and $4,650 for postage.

Mr. Sophocleus has spent $29,950. The reports show that the candidate paid $14,822 last month to air television ads around the county.

That's far less than the $39,831 his campaign spent for air time before the 1990 primary.

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