Ehrlich raises more, still short of O'Malley
Political candidates rushed to turn in another round of campaign finance reports before the Labor Day weekend -- they were due before midnight Saturday -- and results have been trickling out ever since.
It was a short reporting period, just about two weeks compared to the seven months contained in the one that came out in mid-August.
Colleague Justin Fenton wrote Sunday about the amounts raised by the major gubernatorial contenders and checked in on the Baltimore state's attorney's race. And colleague Arthur Hirsch reported yesterday on this blog about the campaign finance reports in the contentious Baltimore County executive race.
Here's the bottom line:
* Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley raised $267,000 and has $6.5 million in the bank.
* Republican former Gov. Robert. L Ehrlich Jr. raised $725,000 and has $2.5 million in the bank.
* Republican gubernatorial challenger Brian Murphy raised $34,000 (including a $14,000 loan to himself). He has self-financed much of his campaign, despite a name-recognition boost that came when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed him.
* Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy loaned her campaign $100,000 to buy television ads in what has become an interesting and well-documented race for the top city prosecutor job.
* Fenton writes that Jessamy's Democratic primary challenger, Gregg Bernstein, "turned some heads" by raising $220,000 in the previous reporting period. He padded his account by raising another $70,000 in recent weeks.
* Baltimore County executive candidate Kevin Kamenetz has spent four times as much on advertising as his chief opponent for the Democratic nomination, Joseph Bartenfelder -- about $967,000 compared to $244,000.
* Bartenfelder has a cash balance of $461,219, and Kamenetz has $357,425 in the bank.