Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, considered one of the top prospects for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014, reported that he raised more than $1.1 million last year -- almost keeping pace with Attorney General Douglas M. Gansler.
Ulman also reported that his campaign account has $2.1 million in cash on hand. The county executive said his 2012 fundraising achieved his goal of exceeding his fundraising the previous year. Gansler, who previously reported that he raised $1.2 million in 2012, has $5.2 million in the bank -- largely because he ran for re-election without opposition in 2010.
Meanwhile, Del. Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat who is considering a dark-horse run for governor, reported that she collected $248,671 in 2012, leaving her with more than $380,000 in cash on hand.
Mizeur's total puts her far behind Ulman and Gansler, but she cast her totals in a positive light. The lawmaker said that in the 10 weeks between Nov. 1 and Jan. 9, the close of the reporting period, she raised $155,671. Mizeur's campaign compared that with Gov. Martin O'Malley's performance in the equivalent period before his 2010 re-election -- saying that the governor raised only $93,976 in those weeks.
As of about noon, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown -- also considered a leading potential candidate -- had not reported his fund-raising totals. The deadline for filing fund-raising reports for 2012 is midnight.
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