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March 5, 2009

Ehrlich is soliciting campaign funds

I just got forwarded a campaign solicitation from Bob Ehrlich, though it's not clear that he intends to use the money he raises on his own race. He doesn't explicitly say one way or another, but he does indicate that he intends to use it to help elect likeminded people in the state and local 2010 elections. Even if he doesn't run in 2010, that could help keep him relevant in the state GOP and help him with a comeback later if he's so inclined.

Ehrlich Solicit

Posted by Andy Green at 2:52 PM | | Comments (4)


I refuse to write another check to him until he tells me how every last penny of the $229,467 he paid to Allied Berton in the final weeks of his last campaign was spent--supported with invoices and receipts.

Then he can tell me how the $73,101 paid to the same company from his running mate's campaign was spent, since let's not kid ourselves anymore, he was in charge of that.

And finally, since his game is up, I insist he tell me what goods and/or services the Maryland Republican Party received in exchange for the $50,000 they paid to the same Allied Berton three days before the election.

I and every other donor has a right to know exactly how Bob Ehrlich is spending our money before he asks us to give him another hard earned nickel, you know.

- Steve Lebowitz

I am confused by Bob Ehrlich's letter. It says he wants to build a war chest to spread his message, yet the contribution solicitation is to his campaign account. .
Is he seeking a political office in 2010? If so, he needs to make a declaration as soon as possible. Is he building an electronic newspaper? Is he competing with the Maryland GOP to raise money? And doesn't he already have a public forum via his radio program on WBAL. to spread the message? Mr. Ehrlich take note. Yes the economy is terrible, but if you want people to send their disposable income your way, be clear about the purpose and how the money will be spent.

Bob Ehrlich was a great Governor. I hope he runs again.

He didn't promise what he couldn't deliver like the current guy.

He left us with a $2 billion surplus. He didn't pass the largest tax hike in MD history.
He had real policy agenda items and not just Stat-Fluff.

Bring back Bob!

Of course Bob is planning to run in 2010. But if/when he announces it, he'll need to leave WBAL airwaves. I guess that's why he and Kendall have been a team, so in the event he runs again for office she can remain on the air.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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