Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Leaving office was lucrative for Ehrlichs, tax returns show

Thumbnail image for ehrlichs.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and his wife, Kendel, earned close to $2.5 million in the three years after he lost the governorship, according to partial tax returns made public Friday.

The largest share of that by far came from the law firm Ehrlich joined following his 2006 defeat by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). On joint returns, the Ehrlichs also reported income from Kendel Ehrlich's service on the board of an Annapolis-based bank and from a radio show the couple co-hosted on Baltimore's WBAL.

Ehrlich, who is trying to regain his job from O'Malley this year, was under no legal obligation to release the tax returns. But he said in a statement that he was making good on a pledge to do so from early in the campaign.

"Kendel and I have always conducted ourselves in a very public and transparent way, while always respecting the fundamental and appropriate lines of privacy that every family deserves," Ehrlich said.

Aides to O'Malley said he would follow suit on Saturday morning, releasing joint returns filed with his wife for the first three years he has been governor.

Those are expected to show substantially less income than the returns filed by the Ehrlichs. As governor, O'Malley makes roughly $150,000 a year. Catherine Curran O'Malley, a District Court judge in Baltimore, makes about $125,000 a year.

The Ehrlich's 2009 return included $734,663 in wages that aides said were attributable to Ehrlich's law firm, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. Ehrlich opened a Baltimore office for the North Carolina-based firm in 2007 and hired several of the senior aides from his gubernatorial staff.

The 2009 return also included $45,686 in income that Ehrlich aides attributed to Kendel Ehrlich's service on the board of directors of the Bank of Annapolis.

The couple also reported $31,230 in income in 2009 that aides said primarily came from the couple's weekly radio show. Once Ehrlich formally announced for governor in April, he left the show, leaving Kendel Ehrlich as the sole host. The same line item that included the WBAL income also included some speaking fees, Ehrlich aides said.

For 2009, the Ehrlichs reported paying $221,654 in federal taxes and $56,993 in state and local taxes. The couple reported giving $15,776 to charity.

Ehrlich also released returns from his final two years as governor, which underscored how much more lucrative the private sector has been for the couple.

The Ehrlichs reported $188,532 in income for 2006, the final year he was in office. Aides said $30,000 of that came from a job Kendel Ehrlich had with Comcast, the cable television provider.

By John Wagner  |  August 27, 2010; 6:06 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Pro-slots group begins effort in Anne Arundel
Next: O'Malleys on pace to earn $1.2M during 4 years in Annapolis

Comments

The next logical question is what did Bob Ehrlich actually do to make all that money? His answer of saying he was a "rainmaker" doesn't cut it anymore. He says he conducts himself in a transparent way, well being honest with the citizens of Maryland on what he actually did for the last 4 years would be a good start.

Posted by: InformedMarylander | August 27, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

great info here on how 2 get there if your local

http://www.glennbeck.com/828/


be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

great info here on how 2 get there if your local

http://www.glennbeck.com/828/


be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square


be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

great info here on how 2 get there if your local

http://www.glennbeck.com/828/


be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

be there or be square

Posted by: robof4 | August 27, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Gee, a political career has perks? Could that be why Bloomberg spent $100 mil of his own money to buy a job that pays $250k per? Or Johnny "the Maverick/Mccain/Feingold" McCain spending $21 mil to buy a job that pays $200k? I'll be darned..

Posted by: wewintheylose | August 28, 2010 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Michael Bloomberg takes a salary of $1 per year, lives in his own home and gives away millions to charity. Note: Bloomberg School of Public Health at Hopkins. He is mayor of New York because he really loves his adopted city, having grown up in Boston. He is a terrific mayor and a genuine, caring person. His being mayor has not been a financial windfall; in fact, it has cost him a great deal of money.

Regarding McCain, he spent his wife's money. Bloomberg earned every penny of his.

Posted by: carolineC1 | August 28, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

When you appoint friends to positions of power during your time in office you are rewarded. Real clear.

Posted by: gpl2411 | August 28, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Any saloon keeper in Annapolis can tell you how publically Ms. Ehrlich conducted her life there. Bob, ditch the rug!

O'Malley won't have to sell out to make money after his second term. He'll sign some lucrative contract with Ralph Lauren or Armani, or do a reverse Arnold and become a movie star.

Posted by: SoCali | August 28, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Nice picture of the person who used to rule Maryland and her husband.

Posted by: krickey7 | August 28, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company