June 10, 2012

Election 2012: Money separates candidates

By Colin Woodard cwoodard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Dunlap actually raised more money in medium and large donations ($11,770) from April 1 to May 23 than he did in the first quarter ($10,400). Small contributions fell from $15,726 to $4,849, however, suggesting he may have tapped out the grassroots.

He had only two large donations this past period: Jim Gorman, L.L. Bean heir and former president of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (where Dunlap was executive director), and the candidate’s mother, Susan Dunlap; both gave $2,000. He continued to raise significant amounts via ActBlue, the online fundraising clearinghouse, which has processed (mostly medium-sized) contributions totaling more than $25,000 this election.

He has received no PAC money this period, and only $100 for the entire election cycle.

Dunlap had $20,425 in his war chest on May 23, more than his three Democratic rivals combined. 

JON HINCK – D

$25,819 this period, $91,083 overall

This period, Portland Rep. Jon Hinck closed the fundraising gap with Dunlap, assisted by his own $5,000 contribution. As was the case previously, a significant number of his contributors are fellow lawyers from out of state.

This period, his biggest donations came from Nancy Anderson of Portland; Sharon Holahan, executive vice president at Global Aerospace; Peter Marzo, president of the United Ways of California; and former Hannaford Bros. executive Ralph Perry, each of whom gave $1,000.

He raised $7,754 in small donations, 30 percent of the total. He had no PAC donations this period, and has only $250 overall.

Hinck had just $7,989 on hand on May 23, suggesting he may be outspent in the final days before the election. (He previously loaned his campaign $20,000, so technically it is currently in the red.) 

CHARLIE SUMMERS – R

$68,635 this quarter, $89,915 overall

Secretary of State Charlie Summers is relying on large donations, most from Maine or with Maine ties.

His largest donor cluster comprises friends and associates of Michelle and Paul Coulombe, vice president and CEO, respectively, of White Rock Distilleries of Lewiston, who together gave $5,000 in the first quarter of the year. This period, they were joined by company President William Dabbelt and his wife, Juliana, who gave $2,500 apiece and who, like the Coulombes, now reside in Bonita Springs, Fla. They were joined by friends and neighbors George and Cathy Lieberman ($5,000 combined) and Connie and Max Lummis ($5,000). (Summers said he's been friends with Coulombe since the early 1980s, when the candidate managed a Bangor bar.)

Other large donations came from Portland developer Eric Cianchette and his wife, Peggy ($5,000), Joseph and Jill Doyle of the Florida-based Doyle Group, a magazine publisher; and Kenneth Moulison, owner of Moulison North Corp., a heavy electrical contractor in Wells ($2,500).

Summers raised $4,050 in small donations. He received no PAC money this period, and had $85,137 in cash on May 23. 

BILL SCHNEIDER – R

$36,128 this quarter, $76,223 overall

Attorney General Bill Schneider was outpaced by most of his GOP rivals this period, placing him at a disadvantage heading into the primary.

His biggest donations came from Packaging Corp. of America CEO Mark Kowzlan and his wife, Sue ($5,000); former gubernatorial candidate Les Otten ($2,500); the campaign of Kentucky Rep. Geoff Davis ($2,500); and Portland accountant Joyce Broadwater ($1,585).

He received $5,700 in small donations and no fresh PAC donations this period. On May 23, he had $29,159 in his war chest. 

CYNTHIA DILL –  D

$13,447 this period, $38,455 overall

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