Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who is eyeing a run for governor, has $5.2 million in his campaign account, a formidable sum more than a year out from the 2014 primary election.
Gansler, a Democrat, raised $1.2 million over the past year, aides said Tuesday. Potential candidates to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley will file formal finance reports with the State Board of Elections on Wednesday.
Early money is often viewed as a measure of strength for candidate -- a lot of it can ward off potential challengers. But the Democratic primary, which will take place in June, nevertheless has the potential to be messy.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman are also considered possible candidates. On the Republican side, Harford County Executive David R. Craig and Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young are preparing campaigns.
Gansler is the first Democrat to disclose his campaign finance numbers.
"I am flattered by the depth and breadth of support I have received from all corners of Maryland," Gansler said in a statement.
Young has said his campaign raised $450,000 and has $340,000 on hand.