HELENA — Republican Rick Hill of Helena has jumped to an early lead in the money chase for the governor's race in 2012, campaign finance reports filed Wednesday showed.

Hill, a former two-term congressman, has raised nearly $103,000 so far and has spent about $7,000 to leave a cash balance of nearly $96,000 as of Dec. 31, according to reports filed with the state's political practices commissioner's office.

Another Republican running for governor, Corey Stapleton, a former state senator from Billings, has raised nearly $86,500 and spent about $32,500 to leave a balance of about $54,000 at year's end.

A Democratic candidate for governor, state Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula, has raised $2,050 and spent $432 to leave a balance of $1,618 as of Dec. 31. Wanzenried has been raising money for the office since Nov. 24.

Another Democrat, Attorney General Steve Bullock, is raising money for an unspecified future office. He is expected to either run for governor or seek re-election as attorney general in 2012.

Through Dec. 31, Bullock has raised more than $73,000 and spent nearly $17,700 to leave a balance topping $55,300.

Announced Republican gubernatorial candidate, former state Sen. Ken Miller of Laurel, had raised more than $32,200 and spent more than $18,300 to leave a cash balance of about $13,900 as of Dec. 31. Another candidate for governor, Ronald James Lassle of Helena, had raised and spent no money by the end of the year. He has said he has no political party affiliation.

In the attorney general's race, state Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, has raised nearly $5,800 so far and spent about $3,500 to leave about $2,300 in the bank as of Dec. 31.

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