O'Malley's war chest up to $6.7 million, big fundraising lead likely remains over Ehrlich
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has $6.7 million dollars in the bank - a million more than he had eight months ago, and likely double that of his best-known opponent - because he raised $3.3 million during the last reporting period, his campaign announced Wednesday.
The fundraising announcement came one day after candidates in Maryland's gubernatorial contest had to report contributions collected since January, and two days after former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s (R) campaign announced a similar target of raising $3 million for the period.
In announcing his fundraising total before Ehrlich, O'Malley was first to the inevitable spin game about what the figures mean heading into November. In a statement, O'Malley's campaign manager Tom Russell appeared to play off Ehrlich's public target, saying the Democratic incumbent is expected to have "double the cash on hand compared to Ehrlich."
"Today's report clearly shows that Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown have the momentum heading into the final months of the campaign."
Arriving at an event in Dundalk Wednesday morning, Ehrlich declined to provide a figure but said, "We did pretty good out of the gates."
"It's tough to raise money against a Democratic incumbent governor in Maryland," Ehrlich said, adding that his fundraising total was ahead of what his campaign had planned and would "show momentum."
Even if Ehrlich's fundraising surpasses O'Malley for the reporting period that ended Tuesday, however, with campaign costs rising on both sides, it's likely that O'Malley has a 2-to-1 lead or greater in cash on hand to spend during the final three months of the race.
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 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.
In his release, O'Malley's campaign noted that at this point in 2006 when the two candidates last squared off, O'Malley reported having approximately $5.1 million, while Ehrlich reported having more than $8.6 million.
Ehrlich "hasn't raised even half of the resources that he had in 2006 when he was voted out of office," Russell. Said.
O'Malley's announcement also assumed that the Democrat still maintains an even bigger fundraising edge over Brian Murphy, the little-known Republican candidate who was endorsed last week by Sarah Palin. Murphy's campaign has not yet released its fundraising total.
--Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner
Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner
August 11, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections | Tags: annapolis, bob ehrlich, brian murphy, martin o'malley, maryland governor's race, maryland politics, sarah palin
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