Glendening has raised $4.9 million, a state record CAMPAIGN 1994 -- THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR

October 29, 1994|By John W. Frece and William F. Zorzi Jr. | John W. Frece and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writers

Parris N. Glendening is not the "$6 million man" yet, but he is well on his way.

The Democratic candidate for governor reported yesterday that his campaign had raised $4.9 million -- a Maryland record -- through Sunday. He has held several fund-raisers since then and expects to hold at least five more before the Nov. 8 election.

"We're confident we will reach our [$6 million] goal," said Glendening spokesman Eric Andrus.

Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey has criticized Mr. Glendening's fund raising as excessive, has said it makes him beholden to special interests and has derisively referred to him as "the $6 million man."

Such charges are easy for Mrs. Sauerbrey to make because her campaign has been financed largely with money contributed by taxpayers over the years but never distributed to candidates until this year.

She reported raising $1.8 million overall, of which more than $1.1 million came from the state campaign financing fund, including $997,800 for the general election. Before accepting that money, Mrs. Sauerbrey had to agree to limit her overall spending to the latter amount.

Mr. Glendening already has far surpassed the previous record for fund raising in Maryland, It was set by the man Mr. Glendening and Mrs. Sauerbrey are trying to replace, William Donald Schaefer, who raised $3.5 million in 1986.

The latest reports, filed with the state election board yesterday, demonstrate the edge Mr. Glendening's fund-raising prowess has given him in the expensive fight for television air time. In the two months covered by the reports, Mr. Glendening has been able to spend nearly twice as much as Mrs. Sauerbrey for media -- $1,035,000 to $540,000.

The two camps reported having about the same amount of money on hand, $524,000 for Mr. Glendening and $471,000 for Mrs. Sauerbrey. But, because Mrs. Sauerbrey has accepted public funds, she cannot raise additional money; Mr. Glendening faces no such constraints.

His latest report shows that in the final weeks before the primary, his committees doled out $24,500 to political clubs and organizations in Baltimore and $4,500 to organizations in Prince George's County.

In addition to the public money, the Sauerbrey report showed that her campaign raised about $60,000 in individual and corporate contributions during the reporting period, mostly to pay off debts from the primary. "Anything over that, we sent back," said Sauerbrey spokeswoman Carol L. Hirschburg.

Among the contributors were: Harold C. Lloyd, leader of Property Taxpayers United in Baltimore County ($1,000); Sanford M. Abrams, a partner in a Parkville gun

shop and head of the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association ($100); retired Signet Bank Chairman J. Stevenson Peck ($500); and Luis Luna of Salisbury, once an aide to Robert Bauman, a former 1st District congressman.

Mr. Glendening's three campaign committees listed several hundred pages of individual contributors, including Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos ($4,000); Lodge 89 of the Fraternal Order of Police in Upper Marlboro ($1,000); the Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Atlanta ($1,000); and several close associates of Mr. Schaefer, including Charles L. Benton Jr., his budget secretary ($150), and civic activist Walter Sondheim Jr. ($100).

Bernard C. Trueschler, former chairman and chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., gave $250 to Mrs. Sauerbrey, and Christian H. Poindexter, the current head of BGE, gave $1,000 to Mr. Glendening.

Baltimore advertising executive Harold C. Donofrio gave $1,000 to Mrs. Sauerbrey, but his firm, Richardson, Myers & Donofrio, gave $1,000 to Mr. Glendening.

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