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Ehrlich camp says he has $1.7M in bank for final weeks of race

Ehrlich hand.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and his running mate will report having raised more than $2.8 million in the most recent seven-week reporting period and having more than $1.7 million on hand for the final two weeks of the race, aides said.

Reports are due Friday to the State Board of Elections, and the information shared by Ehrlich's campaign Tuesday morning provides an incomplete picture of his finances. But on the surface, the numbers run counter to Democratic whispers in recent days that Gov. Martin O'Malley's Republican challenger is running out of cash. That speculation has been fueled by light television buys this week.

Ehrlich aides said the contribution total includes no loans.

The total of more than $2.8 million includes a small amount -- $30,825 -- raised in a separate account by former Maryland secretary of state Mary D. Kane, Ehrlich's running mate. The campaign said it raised money from 8,989 donors, and that 98 percent of donations came from individuals and businesses in Maryland.

O'Malley (D) has yet to release numbers for the reporting period, which started Aug. 30 and ended Oct. 17.

O'Malley had a head start and has enjoyed a significant fundraising advantage throughout the race. In early September, he reported having $6.5 million in cash on hand to Ehrlich's $2.5 million.

By John Wagner  | October 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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If he's got it he better spend it, cuz like in life you can't take it with you. Ehrlich camp makes no sense, they are dark all over the state but claim to be sitting on money, no wonder O'Malley is walking away with this race.

Posted by: Negotiator1 | October 19, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope someone is keeping an eye on Ehrlich, he might pull a "Alan Keyes"... pocket the unused portion of his campaign off his mortgage, etc.

Posted by: free-donny | October 20, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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