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October 15, 2008

Money race in the 1st

Andy Harris' latest campaign finance report is up, showing that the Republican is continuing to rake it in. His haul for the third quarter was $558,891.83, up from his $431,550.58 in the second quarter. And unlike last time, he didn't loan his campaign any money this quarter.

(He wrote a check from his personal coffers for $100,000 on the last day of the previous filing period, guaranteeing better numbers for that report.*)

With a month to go, Harris has about $750,000 in cash to spend, and that doesn't account for independent expenditures from groups like the Club for Growth, which has been bankrolling pro-Harris/anti-Kratovil ads of late. In addition, about 10 percent of Harris' money this quarter came from individual donors earmarked through the Club for Growth.

Kratovil's camp says his numbers should be ready sometime this afternoon, so stay tuned. The parity in the money looks like a big part of what's keeping this race competitive (along with national winds of change helping the Democrat in what was designed by state leaders to be a safe Republican district). As much as Harris has used his bankroll to try to paint Kratovil as an out-of-touch liberal, the Democrat has had the means to respond (thanks in no small part to his own big assist from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which the Harris campaign pegs at about four times the Club for Growth ad buy). If Kratovil puts up a big number this afternoon, that would be a signal that this one could stay close until the end.

*Correction: In an earlier version of this post, I read a form wrong and incorrectly said that without the Harris loan last quarter, Kratovil would have out-raised him. That's not true; Harris out-raised him even without the loan.

Posted by Andy Green at 12:12 PM | | Comments (3)


PolitickerMD is reporting Kratovil's numbers. If the report is accurate Kratovil raised more money than Harris.

Driving to Ocean City it is very obvious that the Harris support is from big developers and industrial farmers like Perdue who want to develop the Eastern Shore and continue to farm without pollution controls. Harris is anti-environment and the location of his signs prove the point.

One sign of candidate commitment is how much of their own treasure they are willing to put into their campaign.

We have read about the $100K that Harris put into his campaign. I am curious about how much of his own treasure (confidence) Kratovil put into his effort. Is he fighting the fight or is he relying on others to float his boat?

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