Ehrlich raises $725,000 in 18 days but still trails O'Malley

Republican has more than $2.5 million in bank; O'Malley reported $6.7 million

August 31, 2010|By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun

After trailing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley during the first campaign fundraising period of the year, Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. raised more than $725,000 in 18 days in August, his campaign said Tuesday.

Ehrlich, who is trying to recapture his old job, still appears to have far less money than O'Malley. Ehrlich's camp said he had more than $2.5 million in his campaign coffers; O'Malley showed $6.7 million as of Aug. 10.

Campaign finance reports for the second and final period before the primary elections Sept. 14 are to be made public Friday by the state Board of Elections. Nominees for governor and other state, legislative and local offices will be required to file one more report before the general election Nov. 2.

Because it covers only 2 1/2 weeks of activity, this week's filing tends to draw far less attention than the eight-month report filed earlier in August. That report showed that O'Malley had raised $3.3 million to Ehrlich's $3.1 million.

O'Malley started with more money in the bank, but he's also spending more money, with television ads running in the Baltimore area since July. Ehrlich has yet to spend any money on traditional media advertising.

Ehrlich's 18-day report shows he took in about $185,000 more than during the same period in 2006.

"We are heartened to the response," said Henry Fawell, Ehrlich's campaign spokesman.

O'Malley's campaign did not release early fundraising numbers for the 18-day report, but his campaign manager sounded upbeat about their efforts.

"Our fundraising has been great," said O'Malley campaign manager Tom Russell. "We're raising what we need to raise to finish out the election."

Ehrlich's camp reported that the August money came from 3,040 donations and that 41 percent of the donors had never given money to the campaign before.

Fawell said none of the Ehrlich funds came from loans. Roughly $27,000 was raised by Mary Kane, Ehrlich's pick for lieutenant governor.

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