The Campaign Money Chase
The campaign finance reports being filed with the state Board of Elections today give both candidates for governor claim to bragging rights.
Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his running mate Kristen Cox have registered $13.3 million in contributions some three months before the Nov. 7 election day, $3 million more than Ehrlich raised for his 2002 victory and more than anyone has ever spent on a Maryland governor's race. And, he's got $8.7 million of it left to spend.
At the same time, Democrat Martin O'Malley and running mate Anthony Brown have raised $10.3 million--and they raised it at a faster clip that Ehrlich in the seven months since the last campaign finance reports were filed. The O'Malley team took in $3.4 million to the Ehrlich ticket's $2.5 (The governor couldn't raise money during the 90-day General Assembly, under state law). O'Malley's team has a respectable $5.1 million left to spend.
In the Democratic primary for attorney general, Montgomery County prosecutor Doug Gansler is leading the pack with $1.4 million left to spend, a sum that could be significant in a race where more than half the electorage is undecided (He's just put up his second ad in the Baltimore media market to get his name out before the Sept. 12 primary.) Montgomery County council member Tom Perez has $330,000 in his campaign coffers and former Baltimore prosecutor Stuart Simms has $65,800 to spend.
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