Glendening funds pass $4 million Sauerbrey picks up pace in recent weeks, tops $3.2 million

Schaefer raises $237,000

Governor to return gift from firm that had sought state pact

September 05, 1998|By Michael Dresser and Thomas W. Waldron | Michael Dresser and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jay Apperson and electronic news editor Mike Himowitz contributed to this article.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has surged past the $4 million mark in campaign contributions and continues to hold a lead over Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey, who has raised $3.2 million, according to reports filed yesterday with the state election board.

Ten days before the Sept. 15 primary and just under two months before the Nov. 3 general election, Glendening reported yesterday that he has slightly more than $2 million on hand to spend.

Sauerbrey, his likely opponent in November, disclosed Thursday that she collected $259,000 during the 19-day period covered by the report -- about $21,000 more than Glendening's $238,000. But she still trailed in perhaps the most crucial category -- cash on hand -- with $1.4 million.

"We are very pleased with our fund-raising efforts and feel confident that we have the resources to spread the word about this administration," said Karen White, Glendening's campaign manager.

Running all but even with Glendening in the reporting period was former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who collected $237,000 for his bid to become Maryland comptroller, bringing his total for the campaign to $273,000 -- a figure that dwarfs his opponents' campaign-fund totals.

In the governor's race, Glendening collected several large contributions from unions and corporations, including some that do business with the state or deal with state regulators.

Among the large gifts were $1,000 from Consolidated Natural Gas Services Co., a Pittsburgh business seeking to break into the newly deregulated Maryland gas market; $4,000 from Baltimore Marine Industries Inc., which purchased the BethShip Inc. shipyard with state financial assistance; and $4,000 from FHC Health Systems Inc., a Virginia company that handles mental health care under Medicaid in several states.

Robert P. Kogod, a powerful apartment and office building company executive based in Crystal City, Va., gave $4,000 to bring his contribution to $5,000.

In one case, the Glendening campaign apparently ran afoul of its self-imposed rules by collecting a contribution from a firm that was seeking state business.

Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group, whose $2,000 donation on Aug. 12 brought its total gifts to Glendening to $4,000, until recently had been in the running for a $69 million information system contract with the state Department of Human Resources.

The department by early August had recommended that the contract be awarded to rival Andersen Consulting, but the deal did not get final approval from the state Board of Public Works until Sept. 2.

Glendening spokesman Peter Hamm said the campaign would return the Aug. 12 gift and also give back a November 1997 donation of $2,000 if it finds the company was bidding for state business at that time.

"We're not going to seek contributions from companies that are actively seeking state business even if they don't get that business," Hamm said.

The company could not be reached for comment.

Among the largest individual donors to the campaign were Carl and Thora Strobel of Annapolis, who together gave $12,000. Thora Strobel said that she and her husband, a computer network designer, are big supporters of Common Cause and that he helped write the program that organization uses to track campaign donations.

Of the total raised by the Glendening camp, $58,355 was brought in by his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who continued to tap into a national network of supporters.

Among them were trumpeter Herb Alpert and his wife, who gave $1,000; actor Richard Dreyfuss, who contributed $300; Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, who donated $500; and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, which gave $4,000.

Sauerbrey's challenger in the GOP primary, Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker, raised only $5,765 during the reporting period, but lent himself $200,000 -- money that is paying for a radio and television ad campaign. Ecker reported having $182,000 in cash on hand.

On the Democratic side, Davidsonville physician Terry McGuire raised only $200 during the period, but maintained a balance of nearly $450,000, thanks to a $500,000 loan he made earlier to the campaign.

Sauerbrey's largest single contributor during the period was Chevy Chase Federal Savings Bank's PAC, which gave her $6,000. The bank also gave the Glendening campaign $1,000, bringing its contributions to him to $8,000.

Similarly, BGE's PAC, a generous Glendening contributor in 1995, gave the Republican $3,000.

Glendening continued to raise about 30 percent of his money from outside Maryland, according to an analysis by The Sun. For Sauerbrey, an influx of money from Virginia -- thanks largely to the efforts of Virginia's Republican Gov. James S. Gilmore III -- increased her percentage of out-of-state contributions from 8 percent in earlier fund raising to 20 percent in recent weeks.

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