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Ehrlich would start race with little campaign cash

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ehrlich head turned.jpgIf he runs for governor again, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will start the race with a relatively depleted bank account, a report filed Wednesday confirmed.

The former governor reported having only $141,778.90 cash on hand, following a year in which his campaign organization spent slightly more than it raised.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), by contrast, started the 2010 election year with more than $5.7 million in the bank, according to aides. His report was not publicly available as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Ehrlich aides telegraphed last week that raising money had not been a focus during the past year. Boosters of the former governor say he could jump-start his fundraising very quickly if he decides to seek a rematch with O'Malley. Still, O'Malley is starting the year with a significant advantage.

Larry Hogan, a GOP hopeful who said he will not run for governor if Ehrlich gets in the race, reported having more than $320,000 in the bank -- more than Ehrlich. Hogan's account was bolstered by $325,000 in personal loans to his campaign, which he disclosed to The Post over the weekend. Hogan, a real-estate broker who served as Ehrlich's appointments secretary, also reported raising about $22,000 from other sources.

Ehrlich reported about $76,000 in contributions during the past year -- and about $86,000 in expenditures. The largest of the reported expenditures, $21,500, was paid to Public Opinion Strategies, a polling firm.

George W. Owings III, a former state veterans affairs secretary who is challenging O'Malley in the Democratic primary, reported having $2,435.34 in the bank. Owings launched his long-shot campaign earlier this month.

By John Wagner  |  January 20, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Ehrlich, just say the words, and money gates will open faster the Senator Brown's truck down 95N...

Posted by: listentothemonkeys | January 20, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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