Brown edges out 2014 rivals in fundraising for year, but has smaller war chest

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown with his children Rebecca and Jonathan in 2010. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post).

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Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) reported raising $1.25 million during the past year, enough to edge out his top Democratic rivals in the 2014 governor’s race.

But Brown ranks third — behind Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Howard County Executive (D) Ken Ulman — in cash on hand as the jockeying to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley starts to intensify.

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In statements over the past two days, Gansler has announced he has $5.2 million in the bank, while Ulman has said he has $2.1 million. Brown reported Wednesday afternoon that he has $1.6 million available.

Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery), who started eyeing the race more recently, said she has more than $380,000 in the bank.

Financial disclosure reports are due to the State Board of Elections later Wednesday.

Brown, who has been endorsed by the term-limited O’Malley, reported raising $1.25 million during the past year, compared to $1.24 million by Gansler and $1.14 million by Ulman. Gansler and Ulman both started the year with more in the bank.

“I am pleased with our fundraising success and honored to have the support of so many people across Maryland,” Brown said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to move Maryland forward with the help of thousands of committed friends and neighbors.”

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