Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. spent $2.15 million in the final two weeks of the campaign, according to a spending report filed Tuesday with the state.
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s final report hasn’t been posted yet. It had to be filed by midnight Tuesday and the state offices are closed today, so we’ll have to wait until Monday to get a peek. (I know, I know. How will we get through the Thanksgiving holiday without it?)
Most of Ehrlich’s dough, $1.6 million, was spent on ads, with another $245,000 on direct mail to would-be voters. Ehrlich also reportedly spent $14,000 with a political operative who said he sent the Election Day “relax” robocalls under investigation by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (Kudos to The Washington Post for unearthing that first.)
Ehrlich also dished out about $63,000 in fundraising expenses during the reporting period, which covered Oct. 18 to Nov. 16. During that time, Ehrlich raised $710,000, including $20,000 he appears to have lent his own campaign. The loan came from a Robert Ehrlich in Timonium, according to the campaign finance database run by the University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship.
Based on his last four campaign finance reports, Ehrlich raised about $7.4 million for his rematch with O’Malley, and spent $7.2 million.