Frosh fundraiser fans flames for formal AG run

With the 2012 election in the rear-view mirror, the drive toward 2014 has begun.

Senator Brian E. Frosh

State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, who has all but officially announced his run for Maryland attorney general, will hold a happy-hour fundraiser Wednesday at the Red Red Wine Bar in Annapolis. In a nod toward his legislative support for the environment, the Montgomery County Democrat’s campaign backers — Citizens for Brian Frosh — are tying suggested donation amounts to wildlife and anti-pollution themes in a flyer announcing the event.

For example, $1,000 donors are “Snakehead Warriors”; $500 donors are “Osprey Outlaws”; $250 donors are “Climate Change Hot Heads”; and $100 donors are “Clean Water Clarions.”

Coming up with nicknames for donors is not new for Frosh, who has in past election cycles dispensed with the traditional terms “sponsor” and “patron” in favor of “friend” and “best friend.”

But what is new for Frosh, who has served a quarter-century in the General Assembly, is the amount of money he said he will have to raise in a campaign for the statewide office. Frosh would not put a dollar value to that campaign figure but said a successful run will cost “more than I wish it would.”

“I raised money obviously for my Senate races, but this is a whole different ballgame,” added Frosh, who chairs the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “It’s a different order of magnitude.”