Steele Fundraising Catches Up to Rival in Maryland Senate Race
Sunday, January 22, 2006

By Jared S. Hopkins

WASHINGTON — Maryland Republican Senate candidate Lt. Gov. Michael Steele might have entered an election race six months after his main political rival, but he has made strong — and lucrative — strides.

In the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., Steele is closing the gap with Baltimore Democrat Rep. Ben Cardin. Steele raised about $50,000 more than Cardin during the last quarter of 2005, according to reports released by the campaigns. Final reports for all Senate candidates are due by Jan. 31.

Steele has raised $1.27 million since he joined the race in October and in the fourth quarter took in $853,000, according to Lenny Alcivar, Steele campaign spokesman.

Though Steele has raised less than half of Cardin’s total, he added 1,330 donors during the quarter and now has 5,300. Cardin has just over 4,000, 70 percent of whom are from Maryland with about 1,600 of the total coming in the fourth quarter.

Alcivar said the voters in Maryland are demonstrating a shift of allegiance from Democrats to Republicans with their money.

“His campaign clearly is moving in the wrong direction,” he said of Cardin. “It’s a very difficult thing to raise money in a state such as Maryland that is 2-to-1 Democratic. When you are able to outraise . . . a 20-year member of Congress . . . it shows there is a trend that’s happened.”

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Capital News Service contributed to this report.

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