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Obama campaign manager joins Brown’s campaign

President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager is joining Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown‘s campaign for Maryland governor.

Jim Messina will serve as a senior adviser, helping with “fundraising, volunteer organizing and media,” the campaign announced on Monday.

In an email sent by the Brown campaign, Messina said he traveled across the country while working on Obama’s re-election campaign.

“All that experience has led me to a simple conclusion: Anthony Brown is one of the most incredible leaders I’ve met — a true model for our next generation of leaders,” Messina said.

Brown also said Monday that his campaign had raised $1 million since the end of the General Assembly session in mid-April. That brings his total to $2.6 million in addition to $2.1 million that Howard County Executive Ken Ulman — Brown’s pick for lieutenant governor — brought to the table.

The early money leader remains Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who had raised $5.2 million as of January, according to a filing with the Maryland State Board of Elections.