O'Malley has spent nearly $6 million in six weeks on ads
Quick: how many times have you seen a commercial for Gov. Martin O'Malley's reelection campaign? More than you can count?
On Friday night we began to learn why. O'Malley has spent nearly $6 million on "media" since Aug. 30, according to summary campaign finance data made public tonight by his campaign. Before midnight, O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. must submit their final disclosures before Election Day to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
O'Malley's reports show that with early voting underway and 10 days to go before Nov. 2, the Democratic incumbent had on Sunday under $1.2 million remaining of a war chest that once approached $7 million, and in the last six weeks has collected $1.6 million from contributors.
That's less than than the almost $1.8 million that Ehrlich reported having on hand earlier this week, and the $2.8 million he and his running mate said they raised during the same six-week period.
But O'Malley's camp stressed on Friday night that the governor has already paid forward for television ads that will keep him on the airwaves through Nov. 2, and it suggested Ehrlich's campaign had not.
O'Malley's figures also don't include the pot of money collected Thursday at a fundraiser headlined by former President Bill Clinton, or one in Montgomery County attended by Vice President Joe Biden.
And on Friday, O'Malley's campaign was back at it with a general e-mail solicitation for $35 contributions to pad its account with another $250,000 by midnight.
"Thousands of Marylanders are still undecided about this race and we need to bring them out on November 2nd," read the e-mail from campaign manager Tom Russell. "That's why we set a goal of raising $250,000 by midnight tonight - so that we will have an aggressive media and field effort for the final week of this campaign."
Russell's e-mail suggests the campaign is more than halfway to its one-day goal.
Aaron C. Davis
| October 22, 2010; 7:49 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, Aaron C. Davis
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