Democratic Governors Association raised $12.5M first quarter, roughly half what GOP raised

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers the State of the State Address at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Shumlin announced an emergency order that would make it harder for physicians to prescribe a new class of drugs that includes Zohydro. Many feel the extended-release pill is prone to abuse, because it's not tamper resistant and contains up to five times more of the narcotic hydrocodone than previously available in other pills. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Governors Association says it raised $12.5 million in the first three months of this year, roughly half what its Republican counterparts collected.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is the chairman of the committee to elect Democratic governors. He said Friday the fundraising tally is up from the $8 million it raised at this point in 2010. That was the last time there were 36 gubernatorial races. Shumlin says the money will help Democrats combat the "radical social agenda of Republican governors."

The committee did not say how much money it had saved.

The Republicans' committee to elect governors said a day earlier that it raised $23.5 million during the first three months of the year. The Republican committee also has almost $60 million in the bank.

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