After Red Maryland endorsed Larry Hogan, I wrote back in January that the other Republican candidates for Governor failed to report competitive fundraising numbers. Specifically, I wrote in the Baltimore Sun
“Recent campaign finance reports show that the field of 2014 candidates — which includes Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar — is disappointing at best, despite their credentials. Mr. Craig is reported to have only $154,577 cash on hand entering the year and to have raised less in 2013 than he did in 2012 despite running a frenetic campaign. His fellow candidates made a far worse impression, barely amassing more than $20,000 cash on hand between them.
These reports suggest that none of the current Republican candidates appear prepared to effectively challenge any potential democratic nominee.”
As we predicted, Larry Hogan would buck this trend and show more robust fundraising prowess and give Maryland Republicans hope that they could choose a candidate who can compete with any Democratic nominee.
The Hogan campaign released this week, in advance of their April 15 campaign finance filing, that in the campaign’s first 68 days they raised over $422,000. As demonstrated in the chart below, this amount dwarfs similar performances by the GOP candidates and ranks Hogan among the leading fundraisers in the race for Maryland Governor.
Equally noteworthy is that this fundraising was the result of contributions from over 1800 individuals and the average contribution to the campaign was well under the $250 threshold to take full advantage of public matching funds.
These results are proof that Larry Hogan is running the most effective Republican campaign for Governor and that he can compete with any of the potential Democratic nominees.
Red Maryland will have much more analysis of the full report once it becomes publicly available. No doubt it will debunk many of the criticisms of Red Maryland’s early support for the Hogan for Governor campaign.