Rep. Donna F. Edwards doubled her fundraising in the first quarter of the year, raising $1.2 million as a series of public polls showed the race within the margin of error.
The Prince George's County lawmaker, who began running her first television advertisement this week, did not disclose how much she spent or how much she had in the bank -- a practice the campaign has employed since its inception. Without that context, it's difficult to assess her financial position heading into the election.
Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County for the seat held by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Van Hollen has raised far more money into his campaign account so far in the race. Edwards, though, has benefited more from outside groups, specifically Washington-based Emily's List, which has spent more than $2.4 million on her behalf.
The latest campaign finance report -- the last to be filed before the April 26 election -- covers from the first of the year through Wednesday. The reports are due to the Federal Election Commission next week, but some campaigns announce numbers early.
Edwards was expected to get a fundraising bump after a series of polls showed her in a statistical tie, or slightly ahead of Van Hollen. Before this report, Edwards had consistently raised around $600,000 every quarter since entering the race. At the end of last year, Van Hollen had a better than ten-to-one cash-on-hand advantage over Edwards.
An Edwards aide confirmed that the total included no loans.
A candidate for Edwards' 4th Congressional District seat, former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, announced Thursday he had raised $280,000 -- a decent haul for the district. He also did not disclose how much of that money he has left.