The Jealous for governor campaign, which has struggled to raise money, showed signs of life in the just-concluded fundraising period, raising more than $1.4 million over the last two months, most of it through small-dollar donations.
But incumbent Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) increased his longstanding financial advantage over his Democratic rival, taking in almost $2.4 million over the same period.
Hogan, who is seeking to become the first Republican governor since the 1950s to win a second term, entered the stretch run with a 12-to-1 cash advantage over Jealous. Through Oct. 21, Hogan, along with the campaign account of Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford (R) and the Hogan-Rutherford slate account, reported more than $3.3 million in the bank; Jealous, along with his running mate Susan W. Turnbull and their joint account, had $276,000.
“This campaign has always been about maximizing voter turnout,” said Jealous’s campaign manager, Travis Tazelaar.
“Marylanders have consistently backed Ben’s message of fully funding public education, creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, and building an inclusive economy.”
Hogan has used his financial domination to blanket the airwaves with ads. A campaign report filed Friday shows several payments to media firms, video production companies, a slew of pollsters, and consultants.
“Governor Hogan’s broad and deep support among Marylanders of all political stripes continues to be reflected in his strong fundraising numbers,” said Scott Sloofman, the Hogan campaign’s communications director.
The Jealous team touts its field operation, which it claims will deliver a million Democratic votes on Nov. 6, a feat no Republican in Maryland has ever achieved.
In AG and comptroller races, incumbents dominate
In the race for Attorney General, incumbent Brian E. Frosh (D) continues to raise more money than his rival, former prosecutor Craig Wolf (R).
Frosh took in $306,000 in the just-concluded fundraising period, compared with $190,000 for Wolf.
As of Oct. 21, Frosh had $508,000 remaining in his account for the final push toward Election Day. Wolf reported just $35,000.
Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) once again ran up the financial score against long-shot challenger Anjali Reed Phukan (R).
Phukan, an accountant, filed an affidavit indicating less than $1,000 of campaign activity during the two-month reporting period.
Franchot reported receiving more than $20,000 in new donations and spending more than $445,000 including $350,000 for television ads and a $26,500 expense to Washington, D.C.-based polling firm Normington, Petts & Associates in D.C. for consulting expenses.
He retains a bank account balance of more than $1.1 million. In late August, Phukan reported just $285 in the bank.