Saturday, May 25, 2013
Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud continued raising campaign cash during the third quarter – but a little more than a year out from the 2012 Election Day, neither has a GOP opponent yet.
Pingree, D-1st,, raised $73,723 during the third quarter, her campaign finance report filed Saturday shows. Pingree spent $68,737 and had $114,644 on hand as of Sept. 30.
Michaud, D-2nd, raised $158,025 during the quarter. He spent $53,141 and had $273,372 on hand as of Sept. 30.
Pingree and Michaud won by comfortable margins in 2010, a bad year for most Democrats. The amounts they have raised during the 2012 campaign cycle are relatively modest for incumbents, but neither one has a well-known opponent yet.
Perhaps the most prominent Republicans who have said they are thinking about getting in those races are State Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry, who has eyed a run against Michaud, and state Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney of Springvale, who has considered a run against Pingree.
Patrick Calder of Portland, a merchant mariner who is gone aboard a cruise ship six months a year, filed a second-quarter fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission stating he raised $3,000 for a race against Pingree. But Calder had not filed a third quarter report as of this morning, according to the FEC web site.
The nonpartisan, Washington-based Cook Political Report does not have Pingree or Michaud on its current list of competitive House races for 2012 at this point.Tweet
Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
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