Candidates raise big bucks

MONTPELIER — Candidates for Vermont’s top statewide offices have reported big fundraising hauls since March, led by Republican Bruce Lisman, a former Wall Street executive, who has contributed more than $1 million to his own campaign for governor.

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott reported Friday that he has raised $350,000 since the last reporting period on March 15. According to his campaign finance disclosure form filed with the secretary of state’s office Friday, Scott has spent about $250,000 in the past four months. Overall, Scott has raised about $860,000 and spent about $467,000. He has $370,000 cash on hand with less than a month to go before the Aug. 9 primary.

According to the campaign, 96 percent of Scott’s contributions came from Vermonters, and 80 percent came in amounts less than $100.

Meanwhile, Lisman, Scott’s Republican primary rival, reported raising a whopping $1.22 million for his campaign since March 15. However, nearly all of it has come from his own pocket. Lisman’s report indicates he loaned his campaign $1.1 million since March. He spent more than $1 million in the past four months.

Lisman reported raising $1.85 million since the start of his campaign, including $1.56 million of his own money. He has spent a total of $1.66 million, including $676,404 on mass-media activities.

On the Democratic side, Sue Minter, the former secretary of the Agency of Transportation, brought in the highest contribution total. According to Minter’s report, she raised $405,000 in this reporting period and spent $437,059. Since launching her campaign last year, Minter has raised $893,000 and spent $596,103. Her campaign has about $280,000 cash on hand.

Matt Dunne, a former Google executive and Windsor County state senator, raised $252,157 since the last reporting deadline in March. He spent $475,126. That brings Dunne’s total fundraising haul to $819,626 since launching his campaign. He has spent a total of $611,441.

Peter Galbraith, a former diplomat and Windham County state senator, reported raising $328,391 in his first disclosure report because he joined the race after the previous reporting deadline. Galbraith loaned his campaign $185,000 of his own money and raised about $15,000 from immediate family. Galbraith reported spending most of the cash he raised.

The candidates for lieutenant governor reported strong fundraising efforts as well.

In the three-way Democratic primary, House Speaker Shap Smith, who was the last to enter the race in May, reported raising $122,423, including $30,000 rolled over from his brief campaign for governor last year, in his first campaign finance disclosure. He reported spending $36,163.

Chittenden County Sen. David Zuckerman raised $92,183 and spent $56,879 in the past four months. That brings his overall contributions to $156,719 and his overall spending to $82,906.

Burlington Rep. Kesha Ram did not file a report as of 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Republican Randy Brock reported raising $31,394 since March and spending $30,728. Since launching his campaign, Brock has raised a total of $62,287 and spent $52,790. He faces no primary challenge.


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