January 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Madaleno raises $439K for Md. gubernatorial campaign
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Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno has raised roughly $439,000 for his gubernatorial campaign. He announced last month that he will accept public financing for his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) has raised $439,862 for his gubernatorial campaign.

Madaleno’s campaign finance report that he filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections on Wednesday indicates his campaign has $193,561.65 on hand. Madaleno’s report also indicates he loaned it $120,000 of his own money.

Madaleno last month announced he would accept public financing for his gubernatorial campaign. He said on Wednesday that he will “be near” $975,000 once that figure is factored in.

Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker; Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; lawyer Jim Shea; former State Department official Alec Ross and Krishanti Vignarajah, who was former first lady Michelle Obama’s policy director, are among the other Democrats who are running to succeed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Campaign finance reports indicate Jealous, Baker, Kamenetz, Shea and Ross have all raised more than $1 million for their respective campaigns. Hogan has raised nearly $5.5 million for his re-election bid since January 2017.

Kamenetz reported he has slightly more than $2 million on hand. Shea has roughly $1.35 million on hand.

Baker reported he has around $696,000 on hand. Jealous has just under $400,000 on hand, compared to the more than $444,000 that Ross has. Vignarajah reported she has around $405,195 in cash on hand and has personally loaned her campaign $100,000.

Hogan’s campaign has more than $9 million on hand.

The Democratic primary will take place on June 26. The winner will face off against Hogan in November.

Madaleno could become the first openly gay man elected governor in the U.S. if he were to win.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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