Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County continued to dominate financially in the race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general with $864,000 in the bank -- almost twice as much as his nearest opponent.
Frosh reported Tuesday that he has added $215,000 to his campaign coffers since since the General Assembly session ended in April. That brings the total he has raised this four-year cycle to $1.2 million. The report covered activity since January, but neither Frosh nor his two opponents were permitted to raise money during the three-month session because Maryland law forbids legislators to do so.
Del. Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County edged Frosh in terms of money raised since the end of the session, taking in $228,000 despite bad publicity about missing 75 percent of his committee votes this year. He had $486,000 -- slightly more than half Frosh's total.
Del. Aisha N. Braveboy of Prince George's County reported almost $70,000 on hand as her fund-raising efforts – boosted largely by the support of building trades unions – added $29,000 to her coffers.
Donald Norris, chairman of the department of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, said money alone won't be enough for Frosh.
"The real question is whether that 2-1 financial advantage is going to overcome the advantage Cardin has with his last name," Norris said.
Cardin's uncle is U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a popular figure among Maryland Democrats.