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Mizeur, Gansler trail Brown in latest fundraising by Md. Democratic candidates

Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Del. Heather R. Mizeur and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Heather R. Mizeur and Douglas F. Gansler on Friday both reported raising a fraction of the $813,366 that the race’s front-runner, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, accumulated during a recent two-and-a-half week period.

Mizeur, a delegate from Montgomery County, said her campaign had taken in $246,814 between May 21 and June 8, while Gansler said his ticket raised only $91,932 during the same period. Mizeur’s total included $57,637 in matching funds that she received as part of her participation in the state’s public financing system.

In reports that were due to the Maryland State Board of Elections by midnight Friday, Brown reported having $1.97 million in the bank to spend in advance of the June 24 primary.

Gansler reported having about $1.75 million on hand, while Mizeur said she had $587,783 in the bank. Aides to Mizeur said that total does not include an additional $85,000 in matching funds she expects to receive.

Mizeur is the only Democrat participating in the public financing system. In exchange for agreeing to limit her overall spending on the race, she receives matching funds for contributions from individuals of up to $250.

All four Republicans running for their party’s nomination reported raising less and having less cash on hand than the three leading Democrats.

Anne Arundel County businessman Larry Hogan, who has led in recent polls, reported raising $47,892 during the period and having $207,383 in the bank. Hogan is the only Republican who has qualified for matching funds under the public financing rules. He has also loaned his campaign $500,000.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig reported raising $76,045 and bolstered his bottom line by transferring $173,835 from a separate campaign account and an additional $23,750 from an account maintained by his running mate, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (Talbot). With the transfers, Craig reported $166,231 left in the bank.

Charles County businessman Charles Lollar, meanwhile, reported raising $9,047 and having $15,319 in the bank.

And Del. Ronald A. George (Anne Arundel) reported raising $14,455, including a $4,000 loan from his running mate, Shelley Aloi. George said he had $8,666 cash on hand.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.



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