O'Malley raises $3.3m, has $6.7m in bank
Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown raised $3.3 million in the last four months, and now have more than $6.7 in cash on hand for their reelection bid, their campaign announced Wednesday.
Maryland candidates are required to report how much they raised through midnight Wednesday, but the reports are not made public until next week. We are working on getting numbers from Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and running mate Mary Kane.
O'Malley and Brown, who were handicapped by a prohibition on fundraising until after the legislative session ended in April, have raised more than they had through the same point in 2006, when they faced no such impediment. In August 2006, O'Malley reported raising $3 million, with $4.4 million in cash on hand. With Brown's account included, the total was $5.1 million.
Interestingly, the O'Malley-Brown campaign release refers not only to Ehrlich, but also to Brian Murphy, the Republican longshot who received some attention last week with a surprise endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Clearly, the O'Malley-Brown campaign doesn't mind giving Ehrlich's GOP challenger a little promotion, as well.