If dollars decided elections, Schmoke would win by a landslide


Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has amassed a stunning $1,596,881 in his re-election campaign, compared with the $118,802 raised by his chief rival, former mayor Clarence H. "Du" Burns.

Mr. Schmoke has spent $1,258,855 -- including $351,413 for fund-raisers and $230,333 to pay his campaign staff, according to his two-volume finance report filed yesterday. That leaves the mayor with a cushy $338,026 to spend in the final three weeks before the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, when this summer's uncharacteristically quiet race is expected to heat up.

Burns' all-volunteer campaign has spent nearly all the money it raised. The 72-year-old former mayor has only $8,617 left, according to his finance report.

But spending power doesn't necessarily guarantee votes. In 1987, the financial lopsidedness of the Schmoke and Burns campaigns was equally striking. Nonetheless, Mr. Burns lost by only 5,500 votes.

William A. Swisher, the former Baltimore state's attorney, reported raising $23,063 in his bid for the Democratic nomination. That includes a $2,500 loan he took out in April from R.D.J. Investment Inc. of South Caroline Street in Baltimore.

More than $1 million of Mr. Schmoke's money has come from sales of tickets to his fund-raisers. Among his expenses was $20,000 from January through April to his campaign manager, Larry S. Gibson.

Mr. Burns also spent half of his money -- $67,304 -- to stage fund-raisers that earned him $83,495. The Burns campaign received two loans -- $10,000 from Mace Electric Inc., which is owned by Richard J. Colon, chairman of the Maryland Minority Contractors Association, and $5,000 from Allen J. Quille, parking lot owner who is Mr. Burns' campaign chairman.

Mr. Burns has planned a Sept. 5 crab feast at Martin's West.

In the three-way race for comptroller, 3rd District City Councilman Joseph T. "Jody" Landers III has raised $64,700, and Mary Conaway, the city's registrar of wills, raised "about $20,000," according to her husband, Frank Conaway. The report for Jacqueline F. McLean, a 2nd District city councilwoman, was not available.

Despite the off-again, on-again candidacy of her only opponent, Council President Mary Pat Clarke has raised $117,275. The Rev. Daki Napata, who last week re-entered the race, filed an affidavit saying he does not intend to raise more than $300 and so does not have to file a detailed report.

Several other mayoral candidates filed finance reports at the city elections board yesterday. Gene L. Michaels, a taxi driver who is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor, filed a form showing he'd raised more than $12,000, almost all of it money he lent his campaign. John B. Ascher, a Democrat, reported contributions of $1,034 and a cash balance of $214.

As for GOP candidates, Samuel L. Culotta raised about $1,500; Roy F. Carraher filed a report showing a cash balance of $1,955, including a loan he made to the campaign of $1,805; William Edward Roberts Sr. reported that he'd lent himself $57 to pay for campaign materials, and Bruce K. Price listed a cash balance of $900, but $2,482 in debts.

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