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When Doug Duncan files his annual campaign finance report this morning, he'll show $1.36 million on hand for the race ahead. That compares with more than $4 million his Democratic opponent, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley , will show in his filings and more than $10 million that Republicans say Gov. Bob Ehrlich has banked.

Aides to the Montgomery County exec say he raised nearly $1.3 million in the past year, but spent nearly $1.4.million on, well, aides and other campaign expenses, including travel (remember the 24-jurisdiction tour last summer and the statewide bus tour in the fall).

Even Duncan's supporters acknowledge he has his work cut out for him in the nine months before the primary and say he needs to pick up the pace. "There's a long way to go," said Sen. P.J. Hogan (D-Montgomery), who has endorsed Duncan. "But clearly Doug needs to start raising a lot more money."

The mayor's campaign manager said the fundraising numbers "speak for themselves."

Matt Mosk and John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 17, 2006; 9:50 PM ET
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Wow. This is going to be tough for Duncan to recover from. Considering how much trouble he was already having finding someone to run with him, this makes it that much more difficult for Duncan to be able to persuade a high profile Democrat to join the ticket. If it looks like O'Malley is running away with it, no Democrat is going to want to take a risk and ruin a future in the Maryland Democratic Party by going against the winner O'Malley and joining Duncan.

Where is all the money in Montogomery County going? Obviously not into Doug Duncan's pockets.

Posted by: Dave W | January 18, 2006 7:46 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley will ruin the future of the Democratic Party in Maryland after he is rudely awakened from his coronation by the negative attacks financed by the Ehrlich warchest. O'Malley's record on crime and education cannot hold up under the scrutiny it will most certainly get. No amount of money can put enough spin on it to pursuade a majority of Marylanders he should be Governor.

Posted by: Robert H | January 18, 2006 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Duncan is running a bad campaign. If you cannot raise enogh money to run against Ehrlich, don't ruin 2006 for Democrats.

Posted by: Kasey H. | January 18, 2006 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Interesting phrasing in the blog post -"Even Duncan's supporters acknowledge he has his work cut out for him in the nine months before the primary and say he needs to pick up the pace. 'Doug Duncan has an uphill battle. He knows it,' said Senate President Mike Miller. (D-Calvert)."

Are you implying that Mike Miller is a Duncan supporter? Because last time I checked, he was officially and unofficially neutral.

Posted by: Karl R. | January 18, 2006 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Karl R. is right. Though Miller attended Duncan's announcement,he has not endorsed either candidate. I subbed in a quote from P.J. Hogan, who has endorsed Duncan, and says pretty much the same thing.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | January 18, 2006 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The Duncan campaign isn't a bad one. A candidate and a campaign shouldn't really be ALL abt the money. Lets look past that people, and look at what matters.. THE ISSUES!! Right?

Posted by: Stephanie R. | January 18, 2006 12:28 PM | Report abuse

It is about issues. Both Duncan and O'Malley have done a good job outlining their policies so far and I'm sure both have more policy announcements planned.

It's sad to say but money is important to win. You can't travel the state and talk to people without money for gas and other expenses. You can't hold big campaign fundraisers without spending capital. You can't buy TV, radio and print ads without money. You can't sustain campaign staffers without money. Pay for campaign offices and utility bills.

It does add up.

This is probably why some democratic leaders are concerned and rightly so. I haven't decided who I'm voting for in the primary but if things stay the same, I'm voting for O'Malley because his campaign is about issues and he can realistically go up against Ehrlich's $10 mil.

Posted by: Kasey H. | January 18, 2006 6:43 PM | Report abuse

So O'Malley raised what, $75,000 a month if you don't include his M&T Stadium fundraiser? (4mil-1mil cash on hand from last Jan, -100,000 for last second effort, minus 2 million from M&T/12).

Who is stupid enough to tell Doug to stay out of it, I mean seriously?

Today we learned that the Baltimore City Public Schools that O'Malley so often totes were corrupt as could be.

This past week we learned about the corruption in the Baltimore City Police Department.

I'm amazed the Duncan campaign isn't calling for more independent audits of various city agencies after the egregious level of mismanagement of the Baltimore City Public Schools.

Posted by: George | January 19, 2006 2:59 AM | Report abuse


You hit the nail on the head about my biggest complaint with Duncan's campaign - the inability or refusal to attack O'Malley. Duncan spends 95% of his time attacking Ehrlich. That's great for a general election and "Democratic unity", but if Duncan wants the nomination, he is going to have to go after O'Malley at some point in time. So far, he has decided against it.

Posted by: Dave W | January 19, 2006 7:48 AM | Report abuse

FYI- O'Malley has very little control of the schools in Baltimore. Why doesnt anyone understand that? Maybe the Post should do a cover story on how much Ehrlich and Nancy Grasmick have poorly treated Baltimore schools and how O'M has fought hard for schools but has been hindered by the state.

Posted by: Baltimorean | January 19, 2006 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Doug Duncan's fundraising could explode on the upside following the legislative session in April.

Significant political money is hardly ever raised during the legislative session because incumbents seeking reelection to office are legally prohibited from raising funds during the session. Non-office holders do not bother the schedule fundraisers in that period. Thus, there is no significant fundraising until after the session has concluded.

Duncan may prove to have been astutue in deferring the naming of his running mate until after the conclusion of the legislative session. Not only is fundraising slow to nonexistent, but also few if any voters are tuned into elections, issues and candidates during that period. Should Duncan be astute enough to name a dynamic running mate who can attract are large group of voters and help with fundraising, his pot of campaign cash will overflow with contributions rapidly.

Sparks will fly and money will flow like a river if Duncan selects a female running mate who has star quality. Names that come to mind are Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Public Schools; Patricia Jessamy, State's Attorney of Baltimore City; Janet Owens, Anne Arundel County Executive; Delores Kelley, Baltimore County State Senator; and, Joan Pratt, Comptroller of Baltimore City. Why?

Demographically, women are the most potent voting bloc in the State. Anyone of the women who were named has a long record of significant accomplishments as a public official, and would bond easily with female voters. Females would rally behind the woman selected; work hard for the Duncan campaign; and, raise a lot of money.
Money from female donors generally comes from teas, receptions and private parties at home. Hundreds of such events would sprout up overnight if Duncan selects the right female runnig mate.

It remains to be seen if Duncan selects the right female running mate in order to go for the money and win the Democratic primary election for Governor.

Posted by: Marc Jan | January 19, 2006 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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