Campaign finance report shows Md. AG's coffers up to $5.2M

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 16, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) -- Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is still flirting with the idea of running for governor, has more than $5 million in his campaign account, according to a filing this week with the Maryland State Board of Elections.

A 109-page campaign finance report filed with the board Tuesday by Gansler's campaign -- Friends of Doug Gansler -- showed a balance of $5,204,692.93.

Gansler is considered a strong candidate for governor in 2014, though he hasn't decided if he will run.

But it seems he has the war chest to do it.

Gansler's campaign told The Associated Press this week that the attorney general has five times more than Gov. Martin O'Malley did eight years ago, when he was preparing to make a run for the office.

And his coffers seem to be growing by the day.

In July, it was reported Gansler's campaign had close to $3 million.

In 2006, Gansler won the Democratic primary and went on to beat Republican Scott Rolle in the general election with 61 percent of the vote.

He ran unopposed in the 2010 election.

Gansler has said he has yet to decide on a run for governor and that he is still considering a third term as attorney general.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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