MD GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls Post Anemic Fundraising Numbers
Harford County Executive David R. Craig, who has been touted as a leading Republican candidate for governor, has less than $183,000 available for his campaign after a year in which he and his running mate spent more than they raised.
Craig said in a report filed with the State Board of Elections that he had $154,577 in the bank, while his running mate, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-Talbot), reported having $28,046 in a separate account.
Meanwhile, two other Republican hopefuls, Del. Ronald A. George and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar, finished the year with little money, according to reports filed Wednesday.
George (R-Anne Arundel) reported cash on hand of only about $15,000, while Lollar reported less than $6,000 in the bank.
The two leading Democratic candidates, by contrast, are both expected to report having more than $6 million available, including funds collected by their running mates. Reports are due to the Maryland State Board of Elections by midnight Wednesday.
There was no report from newly declared Larry Hogan.
Larry Hogan, leader of the group Change Maryland, plans to join the race next week. He will not have to file a campaign finance report for the past year.