Leaving office was lucrative for Ehrlichs, tax returns show
Former 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.
August 27, 2010; 6:06 PM ET
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