With less than one month to go until the primary election, Anne Arundel County executive Republican candidate Steve Schuh has more than twice as much cash on hand than his rival, incumbent Laura Neuman.
In campaign finance reports filed on Tuesday, Schuh reported a balance of $666,310 to Neuman's $257,311.
Neuman had raised much more in the reporting period, which ran from January through May -- $372,781 to Schuh's $121,839. But Schuh began with a large cushion built up over the last four years. Neuman officially entered the race last summer.
Both have been busy spending their money on campaign employees, direct mail, yard signs and ads.
Neuman's payments to campaign staff and consultants include campaign manager Corbett Webb, former campaign manager Ryan Terrill, spokesman, Timb Mantegna and consultants Chevy Weiss, Jessica Fogelsong and Andre Pantelides, uncle of Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides.
Some of Neuman's significant expenditures included $5,000 to BuzzSaww Communications for online ads and $139,538 to On Message Inc. of Annapolis that was described as "TV."
Schuh, meanwhile, has been paying campaign staffers including Danielle Iman and DMC Consulting, which is his campaign manager, Diane Croghan. Schuh also has paid more than $43,000 to Lawrence Scott's Scott Strategies for opposition research and yard signs. He also spent more than $15,000 on polling from the Tarrance Group.
Schuh's media spending includes more than $7,000 to the Capital Gazette Newspapers in Annapolis, more than $7,000 to the Pasadena Voice newspaper, $16,400 to WBAL Radio, $5,000 to WCBM radio, nearly $1,300 to WNAV Radio and more than $36,000 to Comcast.
Schuh's campaign also owes Schuh $391,000 for outstanding loans. Neuman has not loaned any money to her campaign.
Both candidates have done numerous direct mail campaigns and they're on air with commercials.
Schuh has been airing a biographical commercials on WBAL Radio (1090 AM), while Neuman has commercials running on cable TV that criticize Schuh for his votes as a state delegate on the state's law that requires stormwater fees.
Tuesday's deadline also brought the first report from Democratic candidate George F. Johnson IV, who entered the race in late January. His report shows a cash balance of $29,184.
Former Democratic candidate Joanna Conti, who withdrew from the race, has about $9,500 on hand. She has been returning many contributions to donors, according to her reports.
The primary is scheduled for June 24.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun