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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.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  August 15, 2006; 6:53 AM ET
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Ok, I am convinced that either Ehrlich is desperate because he didn't raise as much as O'Malley (despite have 3 months fewer to do it) and his campaign is clearly in disarray. Or is it that O'Malley is desperate and HIS campaign is in disarray because he has less money on hand and able to use? One is DEFINITLY desperate and in disarray and ready to implode. Let's have tons of people make the same points over and over and have noone change their mind after reading all of it. Ready? GO!

Posted by: desperation | August 15, 2006 12:04 PM | Report abuse

When will reports for legislature and other offices be ready?

Posted by: OnBackground | August 15, 2006 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The should be ready today or tomorrow. Reports are due today.

Posted by: Marylander | August 15, 2006 1:14 PM | Report abuse

When the data is available, it will be here:

Posted by: Marylander | August 15, 2006 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Things aren't looking so good for Simms.

Posted by: Carol | August 15, 2006 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Evidently it doesn't matter where the money comes from; rather, all that is important is how much is collected. According to the writer of the article, that is.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | August 15, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley tried to say 'victory' for fundraising more than Ehrlich in last report when Ehrlich couldn't fundraise for half of that time. His 'victory' was by a couple hundred thousand. What a joke.

Not to mention did anyone read all of O'Malley's money is coming from out of state? Rumor has it that Ehrlich leads O'Malley almost 3:1 in donations coming from within MD. That should speak volumes.

Posted by: Bryan | August 19, 2006 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Bryan, you must not be aware of ALL the polls showing O'Malley with high single digit and low double digit leads over Ehrlich. Gov is just the beginning for Martin, he will run for President (and win) in 2012, halfway through his 2nd term as Md. Governor. You better get used to having O'Malley around because he is going places.

Posted by: uh bryan are u living with your head stuck up your | August 21, 2006 8:39 PM | Report abuse

No amount of money can save corrupt Bob Ehrlich. Just look at his money man JAck Abramoff.

Posted by: scumby | September 8, 2006 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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