Glendening fund-raising shatters Md. record but is shy of early goal

November 30, 1994|By John W. Frece | John W. Frece,Sun Staff Writer

It turns out that Parris N. Glendening is not the "$6 million man" after all, although the Prince George's County Democrat still raised far more money than any previous candidate for governor of Maryland.

Reports filed with the state election board yesterday show that Mr. Glendening raised nearly $5.3 million -- shy of his $6 million goal but far ahead of the previous record of $3.5 million set by William Donald Schaefer in 1986.

Although Mr. Glendening is continuing to raise money to pay for leftover campaign bills and payroll expenses, his spokesman, Eric Andrus, insists that the governor-elect did not fail to hit his target but rather scaled back his goal.

According to Mr. Andrus, the Glendening campaign realized shortly before the Nov. 8 election that it could not buy all the expensive Washington-area television air time it had planned because other candidates in Maryland, Washington and Virginia had already booked it. So, he said, the campaign scaled back its fund-raising goal.

"We were locked out from spending more in the Washington market because of the other candidates," he said. "That was all we were able to spend. . . . It was not a matter of raising it. It was not being able to spend it on media to get our message out."

But Carol L. Hirschburg, spokesman for Republican opponent Ellen R. Sauerbrey, offered a different explanation.

"The reason he is not the '$6 million man' is because the smart money deserted him. He didn't look or feel like a winner," Ms. Hirschburg said.

Still, Mr. Andrus said, being the "$5.3 million man" was nothing to be ashamed about.

"Raising $5.3 million is very respectable for a statewide campaign in Maryland," he said. "I think it helped us get our message out."

In this endless election, Mrs. Sauerbrey's supporters are also continuing to raise money. Their goal is to finance an investigation of alleged voting irregularities that, they hope, could be the basis for challenging and possibly overturning Mr. Glendening's 6,000-vote margin of victory.

"We have been working diligently to collect the information to make a decision," Mrs. Sauerbrey said yesterday. "I don't know how much longer it will take us to pull together the information we need to review."

She called the process "slow, tedious [and] labor intensive."

"We're seeing a lot of very, very interesting things, but I don't intend to talk about them at this time," she said.

Mrs. Sauerbrey has until Dec. 27 to file a formal challenge to the election.

Her campaign was publicly financed but only after she succeeded in raising required qualifying funds in the primary and after she agreed to adhere to spending limits in both the primary and the general elections. Altogether, she received a little more than $1.8 million in public and private funds and spent all but $56,770.

"We wanted to make sure we had a cushion" in case of some postelection challenge, she said. After remaining campaign bills are paid, she said, much of that balance will be used, but a small amount will be returned to the state.

As they have on each previous reporting deadline, Mr. Glendening's two main campaign committees -- Marylanders for Glendening and the Glendening/Townsend Committee -- reported hundreds of contributors, including huge corporations, big and small businesses, political action committees and scores of individuals.

A sampling of those who gave the $4,000 maximum include Black Entertainment Television of Washington, Choice Hotels International Inc. of Silver Spring, Sullivan Brothers Printers Inc. of Lowell, Mass., Ceres Marine Terminals Inc. of Baltimore, and Diamond Comic Distributors of Timonium.

Among the other givers: University of Maryland Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg ($400); public safety Secretary Bishop L. Robinson ($250); the Martin Marietta Corp. of Bethesda ($2,000); and Lockheed Information Management of Teaneck, N.J. ($4,000).

Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke gave $2,000, and his company, Jack Kent Cooke Inc., gave another $2,000. Georgia K. Angelos, wife of Orioles owner Peter Angelos, gave $4,000.

Mr. Andrus said there were 10,654 contributions in all. He also said that by the campaign's count, 8,630 contributions were for $100 or less.

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