Thursday May 31, 2012 | 12:50 PM

For the most hardcore political junkies, this is an exciting day: the deadline for federal candidates to file their pre-primary campaign finance disclosures, revealing who is giving to them and what they've been spending. (Candidates for Maine office post theirs tomorrow.)

While we're waiting for those to come in, I had a look at the first so-called "48 hour" returns, the ones candidates have to file within 48 hours of receiving a large donation in these final days before Maine's Congressional primaries June 12. So here's the first tid-bit of the new political finance cycle:

Stephen King, the undisputed monarch of the horror novel, is a big supporter of 2nd District U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud (D). Earlier in the campaign season, King gave the maximum $5000 to Michaud's campaign. In the latest 48 hour filing, his wife (and fellow author) Tabitha King also maxed out, giving two $2500 contributions on May 25. Several PACs also donated to Michaud on May 25 and May 30.

Barring an upset in either party primary, Michaud is expected to face off against state senate president Kevin Raye of Perry in the general election.


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Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
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