Moyer surpasses rivals' funding

November 04, 2005|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has raised significantly more money than her two challengers combined, according to the most recent available campaign finance reports.

Moyer, a Democrat completing her first term, raised $147,700 and independent candidate Gilbert Renaut took in $16,700 as of Sunday, reports filed this week reveal.

Republican George O. Kelley Sr. did not file a statement covering Oct. 10 through Oct. 30 by the Wednesday deadline, city election officials said. Kelley reported raising a total of $9,500 in campaign finance reports filed through Oct. 9.

Reached early yesterday, Kelley declined to say why he hadn't filed his report, but said he planned to do so.

Moyer has spent $122,000 since June 2004 - $80,000 of it since August.

Moyer defends her spending, saying she has been forced to correct distortions about her record and rebut personal attacks.

"In a more civil time when we're not having name-calling, maybe we'd have to spend less," Moyer said. "The public has a very short memory. There are things we have accomplished."

The funds have been spent on mailings, cable TV spots and radio ads, said Jan Hardesty, a Moyer spokeswoman.

But Renaut says the expensive mailings could work against her.

"I think the dollar amount is beginning to backfire," he said. "All the things they're getting in the mail and all the money she is spending, it is turning some potential voters off."

When asked about the disparity between his war chest and the mayor's, Renaut said: "It has been important to me from the start that this is a modest grassroots campaign. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work."

Renaut has pledged not to take money from developers, and said that he turned down a $1,000 check from a local developer. Most of his funds are small contributions from individuals. He also lent $300 to his campaign.

Moyer collected checks from several other Democratic candidates, but one prominent Democratic official was missing: County Executive Janet S. Owens, with whom Moyer has feuded recently over a proposed horse park.

The mayor dismissed the significance of this, quipping: "Now that I know she hasn't written me a check, I'm going to go ask her for one."

About one-third of Kelley's contributions come from state and local GOP organizations. Kelley recently switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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