Ehrlich 'pleased' with money report set for release Friday
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said he will release on fundraising total Friday that is "a little bit ahead" of a $3 million goal his campaign set for the period.
Ehrlich's comments to reporters on Thursday came a day after Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced his campaign had raised $3.3 million since mid-January and had $6.7 million in the bank. O'Malley's cash-on-hand figure is expected to be at least double that of Ehrlich.
Reports for the fundraising period, which ended Tuesday, are due to the State Board of Elections next week. O'Malley released his numbers well ahead of schedule in an effort to draw attention to the contrast with Ehrlich, who out-raised him when they ran against each other in 2006.
Ehrlich, who announced his comeback campaign in April, said he is "pleased" with the pace at which he is collecting donations. "We're on schedule," he said. "We're a little bit ahead."
Ehrlich said he began the campaign with very little money in the bank because he did very little fundraising after losing to O'Malley in 2006. "We didn't raise any money because I wasn't sure I was going to run," Ehrlich said.
Ehrlich said the money his campaign raised during the period includes no loans from either him or his running mate, Mary D. Kane, a former Maryland secretary of state.
"This is real money," said Ehrlich, who raises most of his contributions from "house parties" around the state.
August 12, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner
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