Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening has raised more than $1.5 million in his bid to become the first Maryland governor from the Washington suburbs since 1867.
Among his four Democratic and Republican challengers, only Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg has raised anywhere near as much as Mr. Glendening has raised.
The Pikesville Democrat has pulled in nearly $1.2 million, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state yesterday.
The thick computerized reports from Mr. Glendening's two campaign committees show that he is relying heavily on the political largess of Maryland and Virginia developers, national investment companies and a long list of big-name Maryland companies to finance his bid for governor in 1994.
The reports also show that after expenditures, Mr. Glendening still has more than $1 million in cash in the bank -- twice as much as Mr. Steinberg.
"We have never run statewide, and we're really pleased when we have 2-to-1 money in the bank over the candidate who has run state- wide twice before," Mr. Glendening said.
Among Mr. Glendening's contributors are former Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes, Northern Virginia development tycoon John T. Hazel Jr., Baltimore contractor Victor Frenkil, Washington lawyer Robert Linowes and the New York brokerage houses Paine Webber and Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Steinberg also received early support from contractors. In addition, he listed big donors from the racing industry, the
Korean business community and pharmacists.
The pharmacies apparently are rallying behind Mr. Steinberg at the urging of the campaign's finance director, Michael G. Bronfein, who is president of NeighborCare Pharmacies.
The gubernatorial election is a year away, but candidates must formally file for office in July and compete in party primaries in September.
The three other candidates currently in the race -- Democratic state Sen. Mary H. Boergers of Montgomery County, and Republicans Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a delegate from Baltimore County, and William S. Shepard, a retired foreign service officer from Montgomery County -- reported raising much smaller amounts than Mr. Glendening and Mr. Steinberg have.
As the campaign has begun to heat up over the past year, Mr. Steinberg has run almost neck and neck with Mr. Glendening, raising $655,206 to Mr. Glendening's $679,670.
Each man has received nearly $50,000 from political action committees.
Ms. Boergers, little known outside her political base in Kensington until she launched her gubernatorial bid over the summer, reported raising $247,190.
She donated $4,000 of her own money to her campaign and lent it an additional $10,000. Otherwise, her report was loaded with relatively small donations, many of them from friends and supporters in Montgomery County.
Similarly, Ms. Sauerbrey drew heavily from her home base in Baltimore County and from Maryland business interests.
Contributors to her campaign included Maryland Chamber of Commerce Vice President Christopher B. Costello, former Black & Decker executive Francis Lucier, the Chemical Industry Council of Maryland, SCM Chemicals of Baltimore, the McCormick spice company, and at least two out-of-state pharmaceutical companies.
Trailing was Mr. Shepard, who as the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1990 won 40 percent of the vote against incumbent Democrat William Donald Schaefer.
Mr. Shepard reported having raised $47,245 in the past year and said that his campaign has $922 in cash on hand.
Mr. Shepard is the only gubernatorial candidate who says he intends to apply for matching public funds under a 1974 public campaign financing law that is about to go into effect in Maryland for the first time in 1994. Ms. Sauerbrey has said that is still an option for her campaign.
Under the law, candidates who raise $145,000 in contributions of $250 or less from individuals may qualify for $1 in matching funds for every $2 in eligible private contributions.
From 1975 to 1981, taxpayers contributed to a Fair Campaigning Financing Fund that has never been used and now contains about $2.7 million.
GUBERNATORIAL WAR CHESTS
Of the five announced candidates for governor in 1994, Prince George's Executive Parris N. Glendening hold the lead in
AMOUNT RAISED IN PAST YEAR--$679,670
CASH ON HAND-- $1,017,915
AMOUNT RAISED IN PAST YEAR--$655,206
CASH ON HAND--$512,250*
AMOUNT RAISED IN PAST YEAR--$216,429
CASH ON HAND--$ 134,217**
AMOUNT RAISED IN PAST YEAR--$112,746
CASH ON HAND-- $ 103,151
AMOUNT RAISED IN PAST YEAR--$47,245
CASH ON HAND-- $922
* Campaign has $14,180 in outstanding bills.
**Includes $10,000 in loans. Campain has $4,445 in outstanding bills. After keeping fellow Republicans guessing for the better part of a year, Rep. Helen Delich Bentley has scheduled news conferences for tomorrow in Baltimore and Rockville to announce her 1994 election plans.Mrs. Bentley has defined her options as running statewide for governor or senator or seeking re-election to the 2nd District congressional seat she first won in 1984.There were strong indications yesterday that the Baltimore County congresswoman has decided to seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination, joining a field that already includes Ellen R. Sauerbrey, minority leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, and retired foreign service officer William S. Shepard, the party's 1990 standard-bearer.A number of sources said they had been told by Mrs. Bentley or those close to her that she was planning to run for governor. But those same sources cautioned against assuming her plans to be set until she announces them (( publicly.A campaign aide, meanwhile, said the scheduling of a news conference in Rockville might be a courtesy to Washington-area news organizations and is not necessarily evidence that she has decided on a statewide race.