Ehrlich has increased media spending
Baltimore Sun colleague Julie Bykowicz reports:
Republican former Gov. Robert L Ehrlich Jr. has spent more than $2.6 million on advertising on television and other media in the past month and a half, a campaign finance report released Saturday morning shows.
Ehrlich ad buys are a dramatic increase from the much tinier amount — roughly $100,000 — he spent on advertising between April, when he anounced his election bid, and the beginning of September, the last time finance reports were made public.
By contrast, Gov. Martin O’Malley has invested steadily in media throughout the election season. From the beginning of the year through early September, the Democratic candidate spent about $1 million on advertising and other media outreach. His latest camapign finance report was’t immediately available Saturday.
Reports for all statewide and local candidates were due Friday night to the State Board of Elections. They are expected to be made public over the weekend and will provide the final look at campaign finances before Election Day.
O’Malley’s campaign said Friday that it has raised about $1.6 million in the past month and a half, compared with $2.8 million raised by the Ehrlich campaign over the same period.
As of a week ago, O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown had about $1.1 million in the bank, while Ehrlich and running mate Mary Kane had $1.7 on hand.
But O’Malley’s campaign aides say they have already purchased advertising spaces through Election Day. It does not appear that Ehrlich’s campaign had done that.
Ehrlich’s latest report also shows he had spent more than $400,000 on campaign employee salaries since the beginning of September, about $300,000 on direct mailings to voters and about $125,000 to hold fund-raising events.
On the contribution side, he accepted about $62,000 from Maryland Political Action Committees, about $16,000 from federal committees, about $15,000 from political committees in other states and about $25,000 from other Maryland political candidates.