National parties provide boost Glendening, Sauerbrey receive more funds for gubernatorial bid

Campaign 1998

October 28, 1998|By William F. Zorzi Jr. and JoAnna Daemmrich | William F. Zorzi Jr. and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jay Apperson contributed to this article.


An article about Republican National Committee television ads in Wednesday's editions of The Sun miscast remarks made by Mike Collins, the RNC's press secretary.

Forty percent of the costs of such ads are paid for with money from donors "whose monies support state and local party-building activities," he said. He did not describe these donors as special interests.

Both Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Republican challenger Ellen R. Sauerbrey received boosts from their national parties yesterday, as the two began the final week of their race for governor.

The Glendening campaign picked up about $250,000 at a luncheon fund-raiser in Chevy Chase, where Vice President Al Gore was the headliner, while the Republican National Committee unleashed a TV ad attacking the governor for spending tax dollars on stadiums in Baltimore and Landover instead of more money on schools.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will stump this morning with her uncle, Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, at a Rockville retirement community, and Glendening and Sauerbrey are scheduled to appear on Larry King's national television talk show tonight at 9.

And Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, will appear at an AFL-CIO rally for Glendening tonight in Baltimore.

In a possible attempt yesterday to pre-empt the RNC ads, Gore defended Glendening's education record, speaking to about 180 supporters who paid $1,000 each to attend the lunch at the Woodend Audubon Naturalist Society in Montgomery County.

"Parris," he said, "is the greatest education governor in the history of Maryland.

"You have a world-class administration here in the governor and lieutenant governor," Gore said. "They have earned four more years."

The new 30-second RNC ad -- the first this year in Maryland by the national party -- began airing around the state. It lashes out at Glendening for spending money on the Baltimore Ravens stadium and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium for the Washington Redskins, instead of using that money for schools.

The ad strikes a theme similar to that of the Sauerbrey campaign, "Schools not Stadiums." But both the RNC and Sauerbrey campaign said they did not coordinate the effort.

The ad charges that "Maryland schools are in crisis," that its school children are "still suffering," and that "two multimillionaire team owners couldn't be happier," a reference to Ravens owner Art Modell and the late Redskins owner, Jack Kent Cooke.

It goes on to urge viewers to call Glendening at the State House and "let him know our children's education comes first."

The Glendening campaign immediately cried foul, issuing a statement saying that the ads were "not truthful" and were paid for by special interests, such as tobacco companies, "polluters" and the National Rifle Association, with funds funneled through the RNC.

Glendening has spent more money on school construction and rehabilitation in the last four years than in the previous eight years under Gov. William Donald Schaefer -- and more this year than any other governor in the last quarter century.

Karen White, the Glendening-Townsend campaign manager, said the RNC sought to circumvent Maryland's election law by avoiding the $10,000 cap on all campaign contributions by an individual in the four-year election cycle that ends Dec. 31. Contributors who are "tapped out" -- that is, hit the limit -- could still give to the RNC to help Sauerbrey, White said.

Sauerbrey said she was "astounded" by the Glendening campaign's criticism of the ad. "All kinds of organizations are running ads on Parris' behalf," Sauerbrey said, among them labor unions, Baltimore ministers and the Sierra Club. "How is this different?"

Mike Collins, the RNC's press secretary, responded to the charges that money for the ads came from "special interests" by saying the cost of the ads comes initially from individuals. But he conceded that the party ultimately uses special interest donations to cover 40 percent of the cost.

Neither he nor Timothy H. Fitzpatrick, the RNC's deputy press secretary, would say where or how large the ad buy was. But the Glendening campaign estimated the RNC's total ad buy to be about $338,000 for the Baltimore, Washington and Hagerstown markets.

Station records showed the RNC bought time this week on at least two Baltimore TV stations. Monday, the committee paid $68,650 for 27 spots to run between now and Sunday on WBAL-TV. It also paid $26,400 for 16 spots to run between yesterday and Nov. 2 on WJZ-TV.

The RNC spokesmen declined to say whether the party would air more "issue advocacy" ads on Sauerbrey's behalf.

Sauerbrey yesterday greeted workers lunching in the cafeteria at the Northrop Grumman Corp. plant in Linthicum. Many greeted her warmly, embracing her and pledging their support.

She then had lunch at the Center Club in Baltimore with board members and other representatives of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Gallery, Center Stage and several other cultural institutions. Her campaign arranged the private luncheon and did not let a reporter attend.

Afterward, Sauerbrey said she wanted to reassure leaders of the Baltimore arts community that she would not cut their funding if elected governor. Many arts leaders have been worried about potential cuts in their subsidies if the Republican would become Maryland's next governor.

Pub Date: 10/28/98

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