Ehrlich: $3.2M raised, about $2M in the bank
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has raised $3.2 million this year for his comeback campaign, just shy of the $3.3 million that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said he took in during the same period, according an e-mail Friday morning from Ehrlich's finance chairmen.
But O'Malley appears to have a 3-to-1 advantage in cash on hand over Ehrlich heading into the final months of the race.
O'Malley said earlier this week that his campaign has $6.7 million in the bank. An Ehrlich press release put his cash at "in excess of $2 million."
Detailed reports are due to the State Board of Elections next week.
"We have great news," says the e-mail from John Reith and Elaine Pevenstein, Ehrlich's finance chairs. "Thanks to all your hard work and generosity, the Ehrlich-Kane campaign exceeded its fundraising goals and virtually matched the O'Malley-Brown campaign in money raised for this reporting period. In just the past four months, more than 13,000 supporters made more than 18,000 donations to help Bob raise $3.2 million. That's an incredible show of support!"
The Ehrlich spin Friday morning was countered by the Maryland Democratic Party, which released a statement claiming "a lackluster fundraising quarter, light public schedule, lack of new policy ideas and an unexpectedly strong primary challenge all show Ehrlich running out of steam."
The reporting period started in mid-January. O'Malley was barred by law from raising money until after the legislative session ended in early April, about the same time Ehrlich announced he was trying to get his job back. Ehrlich had very little money in the bank when he began the race, while O'Malley started raising money again shortly after his 2006 election.
August 13, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner
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