Ecker first gubernatorial candidate to offer quarterly financial report CAMPAIGN 1998

January 29, 1998|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Republican Charles I. Ecker yesterday became the first major gubernatorial candidate to release a quarterly campaign finance report as requested by a national good-government group, the Center for Responsive Politics.

The report shows that Ecker, the two-term Howard County executive, had raised $183,163 by the end of 1997 and had $89,797 cash on hand. He had raised $40,638 since the previous report, a state-required one covering transactions until Nov. 3.

The Ecker report was scheduled to be available today on the Web site for the Center for Responsive Politics at www.crp.org/md/.

No other major candidate of either party has agreed to release a quarterly finance report. Some noted logistical constraints. Others said there was no reason to go beyond the state's requirement, which calls for the next campaign finance reports in August.

"This is the type of voluntary disclosure that all of the candidates should be doing," said Kent C. Cooper of the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington. "They should have nothing to hide."

Carol Hirschburg, a spokeswoman for Ecker's GOP rival Ellen R. Sauerbrey, said her campaign has raised about $1.3 million and has $500,000 cash on hand. A full report was not available because of computer problems, she said.

Tim Phillips, campaign manager for Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat, said there is no reason to file a quarterly disclosure report. "We intend to do what the law tells us to do," he said.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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