June 6, 2012

King, Poliquin lead so far in fundraising for period

But other candidates in the Senate race haven't provided numbers yet for the stretch that ended May 23.

By John Richardson jrichardson@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maine Assistant Senate Majority Leader Debra Plowman, another Republican, said she raised $20,160 from April 1 through May 23, giving her a total of $25,422.

Plowman spent $15,064 during the latest reporting period, and had $9,956 in cash on hand as of May 24, she said. Plowman, who has run the only all-volunteer Republican campaign, has bought radio ads but won't have enough cash for TV, she said.

The other Republican in the race, conservative activist Scott D'Amboise, did not provide his latest fundraising numbers Thursday. D'Amboise has been campaigning for more than a year and still leads all Republicans in money raised, with $609,831 as of March 31.

D'Amboise may have little money left to mount a last-minute media campaign, however, because much of his money was spent to rent mailing lists of wealthy donors.

The money chase in the Democratic primary is less clear. State Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, was the only one of the four candidates who provided fundraising numbers Thursday.

Hinck had raised a total of $111,083 as of May 23, according to a partial report provided by his campaign. He spent $21,971 during the seven-week period ending May 23. He had $7,989 in cash on hand as of last week, the report says.

Former Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and Maine Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, both of whom trailed Hinck in the last fundraising cycle, did not provide any fundraising numbers Thursday.

Democrat Benjamin Pollard said he did not have the report ready and intended to file late.

King, who loaned $37,742 to his campaign in March, is showing the kind of fundraising ability that helps make him the front-runner for the general election.

His financial clout also is a big reason the Senate race this summer and fall is expected to be one of the most expensive ever in Maine.

The national Democratic and Republican parties are expected to send large checks to their nominees in an effort to defeat King in November and take control of the Senate.

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