In September, I blogged about how both Team Ehrlich and Team O'Malley have, at different times, chosen to release their campaign finance report numbers on a Friday in order to diminish the attention they got from the media.
This time, it was Team O'Malley's turn. They reported $1.6 million raised since the last report closed just prior to Labor Day, with $1.1 million cash on hand. Earlier this week, Bob Ehrlich reported raising $2.8 million, with $1.7 million cash on hand.
I have to say that Ehrlich's fundraising team - Elaine Pevenstein, Dick Hug, and John Reith - has done a pretty impressive job, despite getting such a late start. In the last three campaign reports, they reported raised nearly $6.7 million compared to $5.2 million for Team O'Malley, which started 2010 with a big financial advantage. I had figured the Ehrlich campaign would pull in about $5 million altogether for the race because of the bad economy and the difficulty of raising money against an incumbent governor with a long memory.
One point to mention: The O'Malley campaign reportedly completed all its media ad buys for the balance of the campaign before the end of the reporting period. The Ehrlich campaign had not. So, assuming the Ehrlich campaign has since done so, both side enter the beginning of the early voting period with about the same amount of money in the bank.
Now, let's see how they spend it.