Tuesday January 31, 2012 | 05:20 PM

(Updated as of 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday: Scott D'Amboise of Lisbon Falls, who is challenging Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine in the GOP Senate primary, raised about $109,000 during the fourth quarter and had about $134,000 in his campaign coffers as of Dec. 31, according to his campaign report filed with the Federal Election Commission, and provided Maine on the Hill. That lags far behind the totals announced last month by Snowe's campaign: nearly $3.4 million on hand as of Dec. 31 after raising more than $629,000 during the final quarter of the year.

The D'Amboise campaign says in a release that it has raised another $60,500 during January and stresses its high number of individual contributions, more than 14,000. In all, the D'Amboise campaign says it has raised about $534,000 through January. But the $109,000 D'Amboise raised in the fourth quarter is only half the $222,000 he raised in the third quarter.

It isn't clear whether Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell, the other tea party affiliated Republican challenging the three-term Snowe, has raised enough campaign cash to have to file a report with the FEC. The threshold for filing is $5,000. The deadline for sending in reports to the FEC was midnight Tuesday, but Senate candidates do not file electronically, so unless campaigns announce their totals it takes a few days for reports to become public. D'Amboise also boasts in a release that he has raised more money than any other Republican opponent Snowe has faced since she won her Senate seat in 1994. However, until this election, Snowe has not faced a Senate GOP primary opponent, according to her campaign, so that means only outraising Dodge.

The totals for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Hinck, a state representative from Portland, and former Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap of Old Town, who both entered the race late last year, are not yet known. Two other Democrats, state Sen. Cynthia Dill of Cape Elizabeth and Benjamin Pollard of Portland, just entered the race last month.)

(Updated as of 2 p.m.: Dunlap said in a statement this afternoon that he has raised $56,075 for the fourth quarter. Dunlap made his forma Senate run announcement on Dec. 10, though he had been weighing a Senate run for some time before that.)

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st Congressional District, had about $137,000 in her campaign coffers as of Dec. 31, after raising nearly $97,000 for the fourth quarter, according the end of the year report she has filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Pingree's challenger, Democrat Patrick Calder, a merchant mariner from Portland, announced he was definitely running earlier this month. Calder had established a campaign committee with the FEC last year, but his end of the year report shows that he did not raise any money during the year's final quarter. He had less than $1,500 on hand.

Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd Congressional District, raised more than $154,000 during the fourth quarter and had more than $381,500 in his campaign chest, according to his FEC report.

Michaud's challenger, GOP state Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry, got in the race after Jan. 1. That means he doesn't have to report how much they have raised until after the year's first quarter.

The deadline for campaign finance reports is midnight, tonight.

 

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