Ehrlich identifies $3 million fundraising goal
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has identified a $3 million goal for money raised during the fundraising period that closes Tuesday.
Given the expectations games that candidates play, it seems likely that Ehrlich's take will exceed that amount, which is mentioned prominently in an email solicitation sent out early Monday morning.
Even so, Ehrlich is all but certain to have significantly less cash on hand than Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) heading into the final months of the election.
In January -- the last time candidates were required to report fundraising totals -- O'Malley had $5.7 million in the bank. He has been actively raising money since the legislative session ended in April but has also started spending significantly on television ads in the Baltimore market.
Ehrlich, who announced his plans in April to get his old job back, had only $151,529 in the bank back as of January. Though he has not aired TV ads yet, Ehrlich's campaign does appear to be spending a fair amount of money on staff, office space and social media outreach.
Reports are due to the State Board of Elections on Aug. 17, a week after the fundraising period closes.
The complete text of Ehrlich's solicitation is below:
Tomorrow's crucial fundraising deadline is upon us.
We are on the cusp of sending a strong message to the incumbents in Annapolis, but I need your help to cross the finish line.
We have one goal for tomorrow's deadline: report $3 million in contributions since March. Governor O'Malley has had four years to amass a sizeable pile of campaign cash. We believe he will have raised $5 million since March for a total of $10 million, including significant corporate and out-of-state contributions.
We are running a very different campaign. We are fueled by Maryland families and small businesses who want new ideas and proven leadership. They want a clean break from the stagnant economy, record tax increases, and billion dollar budget deficits of the past four years. Your donation today will help me win in November so we can finally get Maryland working again. My vision for Maryland is simple: more jobs, lower taxes, and less spending.
Thank you for your donation and your outstanding support.
August 9, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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