In the last two months, Democratic challenger Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III has raised twice as much money as incumbent Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden, according to campaign finance reports due yesterday.
Mr. Ruppersberger is trying to unseat Republican Hayden, who has been in office one term. He reported raising $259,798 between Aug. 29 and Oct. 23, compared with $132,946 raised by Mr. Hayden.
The Democratic county councilman also outspent Mr. Hayden $280,213 to $196,445, the reports said. Both candidates had heavy outlays to make television and radio commercials and to buy time for them, with Mr. Ruppersberger spending $189,915 and Mr. Hayden $117,291.
The challenger has more money left for the final days of the campaign for the Nov. 8 general election. Mr. Ruppersberger reported having $20,875 on hand, while Mr. Hayden said he was down to his last $3,014, although he has one more small fund-raiser scheduled Nov. 5 in the Back River Neck area. Both candidates also are continuing to solicit donations.
Despite Mr. Ruppersberger's fund-raising edge over the last two months, Mr. Hayden has raised more overall than his challenger, with $796,636 raised during his four-year term, compared with $686,386 raised by Mr. Ruppersberger in the last 18 months.
The reports also highlight the different approaches the two men have taken toward fund-raising in the campaign's later stages. For instance, Mr. Ruppersberger held a classic, large fund-raiser Oct. 13 at Towson State University's Towson Center. Ticket prices were $500 for 135 people at a private reception before the gathering, which attracted about 1,000 people at $100 a ticket.
Mr. Hayden has favored smaller events at restaurants and catering halls with ticket prices of $250, $125 and $20.
Mr. Ruppersberger raised $124,450 from ticket sales during the period, compared to Mr. Hayden's $84,115.
On the campaign trail, both candidates spent Wednesday and Thursday working crowds of senior citizens at the county-sponsored Senior Expo in Timonium.
Mr. Ruppersberger plans a "D-Day" volunteer blitz of the entire county on Nov. 5, the same day as Mr. Hayden's final fund-raiser.