Md. Dems: $1.3M on hand as election nears
The Maryland Democratic Party has raised $1.5 million this year and is heading into the final months of the 2010 election season with $1.3 million in the bank, the party announced Monday.
The party's cash could provide a significant advantage for get-out-the-vote and other organizational efforts compared to their Republican counterparts.
With reports due to the State Board of Elections on Tuesday, the Maryland GOP declined to release a cash-on-hand figure, but said it has raised close to $700,000 this year.
The state GOP, which was saddled with debt for a couple of years after a poor 2006 showing, now has "a healthy amount of cash on hand," said Ryan Mahoney, the party's political director.
Mahoney said the financial turnaround "has allowed us to launch the most comprehensive statewide field operation and get-out-the-vote effort Maryland Republicans have ever seen."
Susan Turnbull, the Maryland Democratic Party chairwoman, said her party's cash advantage, coupled with that of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) over former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), shows momentum is on the side of Democrats.