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MACo a time to make money, build alliances for candidates

Ocean City isn't all sun and fun for candidates seeking statewide elected office next year. (Alexander Pyles/The Daily Record)

Ocean City isn’t all sun and fun for candidates seeking statewide elected office next year. (Alexander Pyles/The Daily Record)

Politicos from every corner of Maryland are in Ocean City this week for the annual Maryland Association of Counties conference.

Sounds like a perfect time for a statewide candidate for elected office to make a little money.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a Democratic hopeful for governor, is holding a campaign fundraiser at the Clarion Resort Hotel on Thursday, to be immediately followed by a separate fundraiser hosted by Del. Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat seeking the attorney general’s office.

Campaign fundraisers and receptions are a hallmark of the yearly meeting of local officials in this resort town, but they’ve taken on greater importance as the 2014 election year looms.

Even those not trying to stuff their campaign accounts ahead of next year’s primary have been visible here, meeting with other elected officials and fishing for the next endorsement and building potentially valuable alliances.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican, and his running mate Del. Jeannie Haddaway were working the crowd at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Thursday morning, as was Sen. Brian E. Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat who has already earned the backing of much of the state party’s establishment in his bid to be Maryland attorney general.

Current Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is also in town as he prepares to make his bid to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley official.