Clarke beats original goal in fund raising CAMPAIGN 1995

September 02, 1995|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer John Rivera contributed to this report.

Mary Pat Clarke has raised $753,717 for her bid to unseat Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and has $136,282 on hand for the race's final 10 days, according to her latest campaign finance report.

The two-term council president raised $162,634 in cash and in-kind contributions in a 19-day period in August that ended Sunday, the report showed.

During the same period, Mrs. Clarke spent $117,119, with the bulk of the expenditures -- $69,600 -- for TV air time for campaign commercials.

The Schmoke campaign said it would follow "business as usual" by mailing in the report that was due yesterday and is the final one before the hotly contested Sept. 12 Democratic mayoral primary.

Mr. Schmoke's previous report, filed Aug. 15 and covering the period from Jan. 31 through Aug. 8, showed that the mayor had raised $1.2 million in his bid for a third term and had $150,237 left.

Mrs. Clarke -- who has pulled to within 6 percentage points of Mr. Schmoke according to recent polls -- said yesterday that she was "very pleased" with the amount of money she has raised, which already has exceeded the campaign's original goal by $50,000. "We feel very strongly that we are right where we need to be," she said. "I'm out on the streets full time. The fund raising, as far as I'm concerned, is over."

Her campaign aides said they now expect her contributions to top $850,000 by the end of the campaign -- enough to pay for increased direct mailings and her first radio ads.

The money raised by Mrs. Clarke since Aug. 9 includes $140,200 from individual contributors; $14,000 from political action committees, and $8,434 in in-kind contributions.

Expenses listed include $5,522 to Badminton, Holechek, a Lutherville public relations firm, and $700 to the Harbor Crescent, a South Baltimore community newspaper that runs a column by former council president Walter Orlinsky, a Clarke ally.

No payments were listed to the Baltimore Times, another community newspaper, but Clarke campaign officials provided a copy of a bill for the North Baltimore weekly dated Aug. 22 and a check to the paper for $8,160 for a series of ads.

Two weeks ago, Larry S. Gibson, Mr. Schmoke's campaign chairman, pointed out that Mrs. Clarke's Aug. 15 report did not list any expenses for ads in the paper and concluded that her report should have listed the ads as in-kind contributions. The owner of the Times said then that the paper intended to bill Mrs. Clarke for the ads but had not yet done so.

In the other Democratic primary races, comptroller candidate Joan M. Pratt, a certified public accountant, will have more than three times the cash of Julian L. Lapides, a former state senator, for the last weeks of the race: a hefty $104,691, compared with Mr. Lapides' $32,099.

She raised an additional $26,196 in the last two weeks, bringing her total receipts for the campaign to $209,677. Mr. Lapides has raised a total of $197,703.

In the race for City Council President, 5th District Councilwoman Vera P. Hall had raised nearly twice as much as her nearest competitor, 2nd District Councilman Carl Stokes, after the last deadline for filing campaign finance reports two weeks ago. Mrs. Hall's most recent finance report had not been received by the close of business yesterday by the city election board, but she will have filed on time if it was postmarked yesterday.

Mr. Stokes' report showed he raised $8,444 since his last report and had $23,320 in the bank. 6th District Councilman Joseph J. DiBlasi received a significant boost, taking in $67,530 since his last report, with $51,500 of that coming from fund-raiser ticket sales. He will have $37,280 in cash for his campaign's final push.

Lawrence A. Bell III, a 4th District councilman, had raised $33,050 as of his last report. His latest report had not been received by the election board yesterday afternoon.

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