Thursday, November 8, 2001

Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has raised more than $4.3 million for her gubernatorial campaign next year, while Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. the Republican Party’s unofficial favorite to oppose her raised almost $600,000, according to reports to be filed today.
Although Mrs. Townsend already has collected more than two-thirds of the $6 million she and Gov. Parris N. Glendening, both Democrats, spent in a 1998 election rematch against Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey that set Maryland campaign spending records, Mr. Ehrlich’s supporters say they are still on track to raise $2 million by January.
That’s when Mr. Ehrlich, who lives in Timonium and represents Maryland’s 2nd District in the U.S. House, will decide whether to seek re-election or a chance to become the state’s first Republican governor since Spiro T. Agnew.
Most of Mr. Ehrlich’s state war chest about $350,000 was raised in October alone after he directed supporters to begin raising money for a possible gubernatorial bid, said his top political aide, Paul Schurick.
Still, Mrs. Townsend’s results clearly show the momentum that has gathered behind efforts to elect the eldest daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy as Maryland’s first woman governor.
“We have no intentions of trying to match her dollar for dollar,” Mr. Schurick said. “This race would be run on what’s best for the state of Maryland how to solve traffic gridlock, what to do with a $1 billion deficit and a failed criminal justice system.”
Mrs. Townsend’s campaign treasurer, Jeffrey Liss, said her showing is “terrific by any measure.”
Mr. Ehrlich is about to announce a statewide fund-raising operation and has 19 fund-raising events scheduled this month, during which he expects to raise at least $700,000, Mr. Schurick said.
In January, Mrs. Townsend will have to suspend fund-raising for three months to comply with a Maryland law that forbids state office holders from taking campaign contributions while the General Assembly is in session.
Although neither Mrs. Townsend nor Mr. Ehrlich has announced an official run for governor, she has spent more than $1 million and he has spent $172,324.
Detailed reports were not available yesterday, but Mr. Liss said that about 62 percent of all money for Mrs. Townsend’s campaign and roughly 4,300 of 6,500 donors who contributed came from Maryland.
Almost all of Mr. Ehrlich’s campaign funds and donors are from Maryland, Mr. Schurick said.
Reports to be filed today include all contributions made from Nov. 22, 2000, through Nov. 1.
During that period, Mrs. Townsend raised more than $1.59 million while Mr. Ehrlich tallied about $356,832 with all but about $7,000 raised in the past month.

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