Finance reports for Md. gubernatorial candidates due today

Maryland voters will get a look at how the race toward the June 24 gubernatorial primary is shaping up as the candidates file their first campaign finance reports since January.

The deadline is midnight, and some of the candidates are likely to file late tonight.

When the candidates filed their last reports, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown had overtaken Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler as the top fund-raiser among the Democratic candidates. Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County was far behind in third place and had decided to accept public financing.

On the Republican side, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Harford County Executive David R. Craig will be vying to see who can show the most fund-raising prowess. Hogan entered the race after January's filing deadline but showed strong numbers in his interim filing to obtain public matching funds. Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County business executive Charless Lollar will attempt to show they can raise enough money to be competitive in the GOP race.

Gansler and Brown were sidelined from fund-raising for 90 days during the General Assembly session that ran from January to April, but the two campaigns have been raising money nonstop since the legislature adjourned April 7.

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