DeJuliis' finances show drain from primary Ehrlich better funded in 2nd District race

April 17, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Despite heavy contributions from labor political action committees, Democratic challenger Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis is far behind incumbent Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in cash on hand, according to the latest campaign finance reports in the 2nd District congressional race.

Both candidates reported raising similar amounts during the six-week period of the latest filing, but Mrs. DeJuliis spent most of her money on her March 5 primary election victory. Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican with minimal opposition, conserved most of his.

The candidates are vying for the congressional seat won by Mr. Ehrlich in 1994 that covers eastern Baltimore County, Harford County and a small portion of northern Anne Arundel.

Mr. Ehrlich is one of the freshman Republicans who have pressed their leadership for a balanced budget supporting their conservative ideological agenda. Mrs. DeJuliis represents the Democratic view that Republicans have steered too far to the right and would endanger time-honored benefits such as Medicare and Social Security.

By April 1, the reports revealed, Mr. Ehrlich had $222,486 on hand, compared with $43,685 for Mrs. DeJuliis. The reports were filed Monday.

"We're just on target, probably a little ahead of target," said Robert L. McKinney, Mr. Ehrlich's campaign chairman.

Betty Deacon, campaign manager for Mrs. DeJuliis, said much the same -- despite the lower total of available cash for Mrs. DeJuliis. "We're going to raise what we need to win," she said.

Mrs. DeJuliis is planning a "50 for 50" fund-raiser in June, using her 50th birthday June 9 as the focal point for a $50-a-ticket event.

Both managers said the campaign is at a relatively low ebb because the candidates are busy completing their organizing and working on fund raising.

Mrs. DeJuliis spent more than she raised between Feb. 15 and March 31, mostly on start-up campaign costs and on the primary election, in which she faced a challenge from Joseph John Bish Jr., a conservative Harford County Democrat who was soundly beaten.

She raised $108,000 but spent $136,400, dipping into money received earlier in the year. The largest portion of her donations -- $63,000 -- came from political action committees, almost all affiliated with labor unions.

Mr. Ehrlich raised $101,612 during the same period but reported spending only $27,555.

His contributions included more than $50,000 from a $125-per-person breakfast March 25 featuring House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas. Mr. Ehrlich's PAC contributions amount to $27,875, mostly from business interests, according to his report.

Mr. McKinney said Mr. Ehrlich has a $30-a-ticket event planned for next month in Harford County.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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