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Ehrlich claims fresh fundraising momentum

John Wagner

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) on Tuesday claimed fresh momentum in fundraising after reports released this month showed him lagging significantly behind Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in money in the bank.

Ehrlich said he had raised more than $725,000 during the most recent 18-day reporting period, which ended Sunday. Reports detailing those contributions are due to the State Board of Elections by Friday.

"Money has really picked up," Ehrlich said after an event in Montgomery County, which he is targeting this year despite its heavy Democratic tilt. "When we started out, it was, 'Can you win?' And now we don't have to deal with that anymore."

Ehrlich raised almost as much money as O'Malley during the first part of the year but had less than one-third of the $6.7 million cash on hand the Democratic incumbent had when the last fundraising reports were due earlier this month. Ehrlich said his money in the bank has grown from less than $2.1 million to more than $2.5 million since then.

O'Malley aides said the governor has no plans to release his latest fundraising figures until later this week.

The Ehrlich campaign said its new money consisted of 3,040 contributions and that 41 percent of its donors gave to the campaign for the first time. Ninety-eight percent of the money came from Maryland donors, and more than two-thirds of the donations were for $100 or less, the campaign said.

Ehrlich said his latest money does not include any large donations from either himself or his running mate, Mary D. Kane, a former Maryland secretary of state.

"It's real. It's legit," Ehrlich said.

By John Wagner  |  August 31, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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