Jessica M. Karmasek May 24, 2013, 5:00pm

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) -- In what would be the first step in making a possible bid for attorney general in 2014, Michigan State University law professor Mark Totten has filed paperwork establishing a candidate committee. reported Friday that Totten, a Democrat, filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office this week.

Setting up the candidate committee allows him to raise funds for a potential run. He is the first Democrat to establish such a committee.

According to the report, Totten has been an associate professor at MSU since 2008. He has also worked as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in West Michigan and as a staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 2010, he ran for the state Senate, but finished third in the Democratic primary.

Totten is also behind a new website highlighting current Attorney General Bill Schuette's record, according to is a self-described "statewide, grassroots movement calling the Michigan attorney general to stand for the people of this state."

Schuette, a Republican, has yet to announce his plans for re-election.

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