DeJuliis accelerates fund-raising efforts But incumbent Ehrlich has more cash on hand

July 16, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Second District Democratic challenger Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis raised significantly more money in the second quarter than did Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, but had a third less spending money on hand, according to campaign finance reports.

DeJuliis raised $223,440 in April, May and June, benefiting from $103,050 in political committee contributions and $32,260 from a national mailing paid for by her campaign but distributed by Emily's List, a Washington-based organization for Democratic women who support abortion rights.

Ehrlich, in his first re-election battle, raised $148,655 during the quarter, including $78,090 from political committees, but had more money at the start of the period, according to Federal Election Commission reports due yesterday.

Ehrlich reported having $315,000 on hand June 30, the last day of the period, compared with DeJuliis' $189,500.

Maryland's 2nd District is one that state and national Democrats have targeted as part of their campaign to regain control of Congress. Democrats say the district -- covering Harford County, eastern and northern Baltimore County and a small section of Northern Anne Arundel County -- offers the best shot at gaining a seat in Maryland.

DeJuliis campaign manager Betty Deacon said her candidate is raising more money and working to overcome Ehrlich's early advantage with literature drops and personal appearances around the sprawling district.

"I am exactly where I want to be. It's an uphill battle," DeJuliis said.

DeJuliis has set a fund-raising goal of about $850,000, Deacon said. Maryland's Democratic senators, Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes, each donated $1,000 to DeJuliis, and Mikulski minimized the financial disadvantage.

"Women challengers historically start their campaigns at a fund-raising disadvantage," Mikulski said. "They have to work twice as hard and be twice as good. This report shows that Connie is running that kind of race."

Ehrlich's financial advantage is the result of spending less.

Facing a less contentious party primary in March, he spent much less than DeJuliis did. And since April, Ehrlich spent $57,727 compared with DeJuliis' $79,164.

Ehrlich campaign chairman Robert L. McKinney said that with $506,000 raised so far, his candidate is well on the way to a goal of $700,000 to $800,000, and may raise more than $1 million. "When all is said and done, we're going to exceed our goal," he said.

Both candidates expect to hold major fund-raisers after Labor Day.

Pub Date: 7/16/96

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