O'Malley reports $6.7M raised; Ehrlich's totals unknown

Ehrlich, his likely opponent, hasn't released figures

August 11, 2010|By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley has $6.7 million in his war chest, his campaign reported Wednesday, more than he had at this point four years ago, when he was trying to unseat then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

O'Malley, a Democrat, had raised $3.3 million this year through 12 a.m. Wednesday, his campaign said, a figure that campaign manager Tom Russell said surpassed his fundraising goal.

As a sitting governor, O'Malley was prohibited from raising money during the 90-day legislative session, which ended in April. A last-minute fundraising pitch netted $155,000 in online donations in a week. The campaign has attracted more than 13,000 donors, including many who have given multiple times, Russell said.

Ehrlich, a Republican trying to win back the governor's office, has not released his fundraising total. He said Wednesday that he had amassed more than 20,000 individual contributions.

Official numbers for all candidates are to be released to the public next week. The previous report, in January, months before Ehrlich made his reelection bid official, showed he had about $140,000 to O'Malley's $5.7 million.

At this point in 2006 campaign, O'Malley and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, had $5.1 million in the bank, while Ehrlich had more than $8.5 million.

Although Ehrlich said he wasn't ready to release his new totals, he called the amount he'd raised "pretty good." In an e-mail appeal to supporters this week, he said he was seeking their help in reaching $3 million raised since March.

"We hit the number we thought we'd need to hit to win the race," Ehrlich said after a campaign event Wednesday morning in Dundalk.

Ehrlich said he was "not unhappy" with the numbers that O'Malley posted, saying he'd expected him to raise more than he had reported. In 2006, when it was Ehrlich who could not solicit funds during until after the legislative session, his campaign reported raising $2.4 million by the August filing.

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