Correction to This Article
A chart accompanying an Aug. 15 Metro article about campaign finance reporting had incorrect totals for two candidates. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his running mate have raised $2.5 million since Jan. 12, and Isiah Leggett has raised $768,036 since 2003. Also, in early editions, the chart incorrectly identified Leggett and Steven A. Silverman as candidates for governor. They are running for Montgomery County executive.

Candidates in Major Races Pile Up Cash Faster Than Ever

By John Wagner and Ernesto Londoño
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley raised more money during the first half of the year than Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. but entered the final three months of Maryland's governor's race with significantly less to spend than the Republican incumbent, according to figures shared by the campaigns yesterday.

Aides to O'Malley (D) said he and his running mate raised about $3.4 million, compared with $2.5 million for Ehrlich's ticket during the seven-month period ending Aug. 8. By state law, however, Ehrlich (R) was not allowed to raise money during the 90-day legislative session at the outset of the year; O'Malley could. Candidates are required to report their totals by today to the State Board of Elections.

Both gubernatorial contenders sought to claim momentum yesterday, with Ehrlich pointing to a cash-on-hand advantage over O'Malley of $8.7 million to $5.1 million -- the result of a record-breaking fundraising effort that began shortly after Ehrlich won election in 2002.

"This is the sign of a flourishing campaign, a campaign on the move," said Ehrlich spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver. "It's not money to hoard now; it's money to spend."

O'Malley campaign manager Josh White said O'Malley's faster pace of fundraising reflected a "strong showing of support" and "proves that Maryland families are tired of Bob Ehrlich's loyalty to George Bush and special interests and want leadership in Annapolis that will fight for them."

Both candidates are now on pace to surpass all previous totals in Maryland.

In the Montgomery County executive's race, former council member Isiah "Ike" Leggett's campaign said yesterday that he has raised $768,036 for the race and has nearly $504,000 to spend.

Those figures are certain to lag behind those of his Democratic primary opponent, council member Steven A. Silverman, who plans to release his figures today. In January, Silverman had already raised nearly $1.4 million since his candidacy unofficially began more than three years ago and had $731,000 in the bank.

Since taking office in 2003, Ehrlich has raised about $13.3 million for his reelection effort, including money raised recently by his running mate, Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Kristen Cox.

O'Malley and his running mate, Del. Anthony G. Brown (Prince George's), have brought in about $10.2 million over the 3 1/2 -year period. Some of that money went toward O'Malley's mayoral reelection effort in 2004, however.

During the 2002 campaign, Ehrlich raised $10.5 million, and his Democratic opponent, then-Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, raised $8.5 million.

The money chase for the governor's race started far earlier than ever. At this point four years ago, Ehrlich had $2.8 million on hand, compared with the $8.7 million he will report today. Townsend had $4.4 million on hand at this point.

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