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Ehrlich: $3.2M raised, about $2M in the bank

John Wagner

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.

By John Wagner  |  August 13, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Well, now about that $2 million raised by Ehrlich's campaign: Are those real dollars or Michael Steele dollars?

Do any of those dollars come from Maryland residents?


Posted by: free-donny | August 13, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"13,000 individual donors, 96 percent of whom live in Maryland."

"raises most of his contributions from "house parties" around the state."

Posted by: DrivebyCommenter | August 13, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The story here is clear: Ehrlich got in the race too late. He raised a respectable number for a quarter, but his spending under the circumstances is absurd. He spent 1.4 million on what?!?

This is a mismanaged campaign, their burn rate is too high. To get on TV in the DC and BMORE markets he will need to spend 700 k a week plus production costs. At the burn rate he is currently spending, he can't even do one week of tv in both marktets. So even if he can match his current pace in the last three months, he will be able to do 3 weeks tv with no election day effort or mail.

That is the story here. The Ehrlich campaign got into late, spends too much and is too arrogant to understand.

Posted by: Negotiator1 | August 13, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"Ehrlich ot into the race too late"

He raises all his money from "house parties"

Sounds like folks are already making excuses for Ehrlich losing to O'Malley AGAIN. why bother with an election?

The primaries have not even been held yet!


Posted by: free-donny | August 13, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Any candidate who faces the voter registration problem complied with the fundraising gap is in trouble this late.
Ehrlich flaks like Blair Lee or Richard Vatz can spin all they want, fact of the matter is that their horse can't go the distance.

He has less than ninety days, he trails in every legitimate poll, he has no message, he has no money, he has a terrible tax raising, 40 percent government growing record, a fat pay roll with a consultant who called him a nazi and a failed democratic congressional candidate as a spokesperson. . .what in that formula spells winner? The GOP needs to get serious and find a real candidate.

Posted by: Negotiator1 | August 13, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with all of Negotiator's points. So,I ask...why is the GOP wasting everyone's moeny and time? They'd be better off saving and rebuilding.


Posted by: free-donny | August 13, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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