Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has raised nearly $12 million in his bid for governor, the Democratic front-runner announced Monday.
The final campaign finance report before the June 24 primary election is due Friday, but Brown's camp released its total tally early and touted collecting "over $800,000" in the past two and a half weeks.
The $12 million sum exceeds the $10 million Gov. Martin O'Malley spent in 2010 on his re-election campaign. Brown's tally includes cash raised by his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
When Brown formally filed his last campaign finance report in May, he had raised more money than any candidate of either party, and he had more on hand ($4 million) to spend.
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, another Democratic contender, had over $3 million on hand when he filed his last campaign finance report in May. Del. Heather Mizeur, also a Democrat, had about $1 million.
Political media buyers expect a lot of the money to be poured into print and television ads in the final days before primary. Early voting begins Thursday.
The three Democrats vying for governor have collectively spent more than $10 million trying to secure their party's nomination. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1, the Democratic nominee holds a considerable advantage heading into the general election.
Brown's campaign declined to release its entire financial report early. Gansler's and Mizeur's campaigns both declined to release any details Monday.