Ecker files to use public funding in his campaign


Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker has filed with the state election board to use public campaign financing, making him the only gubernatorial candidate to indicate he might take advantage of the funding.

Ecker, who is challenging Ellen R. Sauerbrey in the Republican primary, was the only candidate to file his intention by the Monday night deadline. He now has until July 16 to file paperwork proving he qualifies for matching public funds of up to about $770,000 for the primary.

"We'll see," he said. "Money's been tight."

State law requires Ecker to prove he raised about $154,000 from small donors giving less than $250 each since March 1, 1997.

Under the law, Ecker also must agree to limit his campaign spending to nearly $1.5 million.

Pub Date: 7/08/98

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