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Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen is vastly outspending his opponent, Roger B. Hayden, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.

Mr. Rasmussen, a Democrat running for a second term, has raised $1,036,232 and spent $794,088, for a cash balance of $242,144. Mr. Hayden, a Republican, has raised $79,902 and spent $71,180, for a cash balance of $8,722.

Mr. Rasmussen reported contributions of $1,000 or more from a number of construction, paving and refuse contractors, real estate brokers, financial investment firms, labor unions, firefighters, banks and law firms.

Major expenditures reported by the Rasmussen campaign include $192,273 to the Baltimore advertising firm of Trahan, Burden & Charles, to pay for radio and television air time, and $4,250 to Mason-Dixon Opinion Research, a polling firm in Columbia.

In a signed statement accompanying Mr. Hayden's report, campaign treasurer James M. Anders Jr. said he anticipates receiving another $25,000 to $30,000 in the next two weeks. This report listed more than $10,000 from various Republican Party sources.

The largest single contribution, $3,900, came from Baltimore County Fire Department Chief Officers Association, a group that endorsed Mr. Hayden after disputes with Mr. Rasmussen over department pay grades and other administrative issues.

Yesterday's reporting deadline also offered a look at the finances of other candidates for county executive in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

In Anne Arundel County, Democratic Councilman Theodore J. Sophocleus raised $57,932 over the two-month period, raising his total to more than $283,000. That was still short of his opponent, Republican Robert R. Neall, who had collected $30,000 more than that as of Aug. 26.

Mr. Sophocleus has spent $263,221, leaving a cash balance of $19,828.

Mr. Neall's current finance report was not filed with the state elections office yesterday. It was not considered late, however, because so long as reports were postmarked yesterday, they met the deadline.

Though he was recently endorsed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Mr. Sophocleus has not received any donations from the state's top Democrat.

Mr. Neall was appointed by Mr. Schaefer as the state's first drug czar, and some political observers had expected the governor to quietly back the Republican. Bruce C. Bereano, the influential Annapolis lobbyist and staunch Schaefer ally, is chairman of "Democrats for Neall."

Nevertheless, Mr. Sophocleus has received ample financial support from his party over the last eight weeks.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee donated $2,000, the Maryland Democratic Party gave $3,000, and the campaign to re-elect Representative Tom McMillen, D-Md.-4th, came up with $1,000.

In Harford County, Democrat Eileen M. Rehrmann collected $36,510 during the period, raising her total contributions to more than $225,000, with a cash balance of $16,308.15.

Former Bel Air Mayor Geoffrey R. Close, her Republican opponent, collected $12,915, raising his total contributions to $48,504, with a cash balance of $6,344.27.

In Howard County, Executive Elizabeth Bobo has raised $149,854.59, more than twice the amount raised by her Republican rival. Ms. Bobo has a cash balance of $46,658.

Charles I. "Chuck" Ecker, the GOP candidate, reported raising $66,344.58, including a $20,000 personal loan and a $4,076.50 contribution from the Howard County Homebuilders' political action committee. The report shows a cash balance of $10,557 and outstanding obligations of $28,063.15, including the personal loan at 8 percent interest.

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