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Cardin Sitting on $2.6 Million

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's campaign said this morning that it had raised nearly $1 million in the first three months of the year and finished the quarter with $2.6 million on hand.

The Baltimore-area Democrat's quarterly haul is smaller than that of the leading Republican, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, who raised $1.3 million during the period, according to an internal memo shared with The Washington Post yesterday. But Cardin, who entered the race several months before Steele, has about $900,000 more cash on hand, according to figures provided by the two campaigns.

All other candidates in crowded field of mostly Democrats lag significantly behind in money.

Cardin spokesman Oren Shur said his candidate's fundraising prowess demonstrates that voters "know Ben Cardin is the best candidate to beat the Bush-Steele team next November."

By John Wagner  |  April 12, 2006; 10:31 AM ET
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This is another reason we need 100% public funding for political campaigns. All the other democratic candidates will never be able to compete fairly due to the money gap. Politics as usual...

Posted by: Mr. K | April 12, 2006 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Here's anonther item for the "Yet-more-proof-that-we-don't-live-in-a-democracy" file: The Maryland Legislature passed so-called emergency legislation bannng Kevin Zeese from mounting a fusion campaign.

Posted by: Nat | April 12, 2006 11:54 AM | Report abuse

How much money did Cardin take from Pharmeucuticals this time around? And I wonder how many people donated to him are under the age of 65. If he inspires these old people too much, they might croak before the election and he will end out losing.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2006 11:56 AM | Report abuse

And then Zeese, et al might get a full 10% of the vote.

Posted by: givemeabreak | April 12, 2006 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that the Bush-Steele ticket was running for Senator.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2006 12:33 PM | Report abuse

All the RNC hired operatives working on the Steele campaign know its a Bush-Steele ticket!

Posted by: Lefty&LovingIt | April 12, 2006 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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