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Public funding gives Hogan lead in campaign cash

Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has more than three times as much campaign cash on hand than his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown — but it’s an edge that’s almost certain to evaporate.

That’s because Hogan is relying on public campaign financing, which gave him a lump-sum payment of $2.6 million from the state’s public financing fund. But, unlike Brown, he’s barred from raising additional funds between now and the November election.

Hogan reported Tuesday that he had $2.4 million in the bank, while Brown’s campaign had $760,000.

Brown reports raising about $1.5 million dollars in the latest reporting period. His campaign says the Maryland Democratic Party currently has $1.1 million to spend on this year’s general election.

The reporting period covered June 9 through Aug. 19.

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