Dunne discloses raising $717,855 in voluntary filing

MONTPELIER — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne has raised $717,855 for his campaign, including $150,387 since March 15, according to a voluntary financial disclosure he filed with the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday.

Dunne, a former Windsor County state senator, called on all candidates to voluntarily release information about campaign contributions and expenditures on June 15. But the four other main candidates — Democrats Sue Minter and Peter Galbraith and Republicans Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman — all declined to do so.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne discusses his campaign contributions at a news conference Wednesday. (VPB/Neal Goswami)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne discusses his campaign contributions at a news conference Wednesday. (VPB/Neal Goswami)

State law requires candidates to next file that information on July 15, the only required filing before the Aug. 9 primary date. They last reported on March 15.

“We are running a transparent campaign and that is a top priority and I’m here today to shed further sunlight on how my campaign for governor is being funded, because the fact is, Vermont has lagged behind when it comes to campaign and government ethics and transparency,” Dunne said at a news conference in front of the Secretary of State’s Office. “Voters deserve to know how our campaigns are being funded, whether we are people-powered, as I am proud to say this campaign is, or powered by huge donations, either from the candidate himself or corporations.”

Three other candidates have filed at least one previous disclosure. Galbraith, who entered the race after the last reporting date in March, has yet to do so.

A total of 2,626 people have so far contributed to Dunne’s campaign, with an average contribution of $273.36. The average contribution since March 15 was $205.45.

According to the report Dunne filed Wednesday, he has spent a total of $394,523, including $258,209 since March 15. Mass media expenditures totaled $91,480. Dunne began airing his first television commercial this week and said it will run statewide through the Aug. 9 primary.

Among some of the larger expenditures listed since March 15 are:

— $15,114.95 to Point Loma Research in San Diego, Calif., for research-survey
— $35,720 to The New Media Firm in Washington, D.C., for a digital ad buy
— $37,500 to GBA Strategies in Washington, D.C., for polling
— $12,000 to The New Media Firm in Washington, D.C., for a video shoot
— $28,486.88 to The New Media Firm in Washington, D.C., for a media buy
— $6,545 to Gumbinner and Davies in Washington, D.C., for brochures

Dunne told reporters Wednesday that there is “a problem of trust right now in Vermont, in general.” Part of the distrust stems from alleged fraud in the Northeast Kingdom by two developers who contributed to political campaigns. He said he intends to continue providing as much information to voters as possible throughout the campaign.

“My campaign will continue to be aggressively transparent, providing this kind of in-depth information, even though it’s not required, which, I believe, it should be,” he said. “I think Vermonters are looking for more transparency, not less, right now.”

Dunne said he has not set targets for how much he hopes to raise or spend in the primary.

“As any frugal Vermonter, we would like to spend as little as possible but also make sure that we win the primary to be able to go on to general election,” Dunne said. “We also believe that running a robust primary sets us up for the general election.”

neal.goswami@timesargus.com

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