June 10, 2012

Election 2012: Money separates candidates

By Colin Woodard cwoodard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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This period, Cape Elizabeth state Sen. Cynthia Dill relied on medium-sized donations, all of them from Cumberland County or out of state, suggesting she may have limited statewide name recognition.

Her only large donation came from William Miro of PCS Family Homes in Scarborough, who gave $2,500. Contributions processed through the online clearinghouse, ActBlue, dried up, falling from $12,313 last quarter to $1,350 this period.

She received $3,997 in small donations and none from PACs and had $9,219 in cash on hand. 

DEBRA PLOWMAN -- R

$15,225 this period, $25,421 overall

State Sen. Debra Plowman remains far behind her six GOP rivals in fundraising. She relies on medium-sized donations from central Maine, many from residents of her hometown of Hampden, suggesting she may have limited statewide appeal.

Her largest donations came from James Tobin of Arlington, Va., ($2,500); Jane Bickford of Eagle Equipment Rental in Hampden ($2,500); and David, Thomas and Linda Quirk of Quirk Motors ($1,500 combined). Cianbro Vice President Alan Burton, Hampden bookkeeper June Levesque and Bill Hereford, the mayor of Pell City, Ala., each gave $1,000.

Plowman also attracted contributions from politicos in Augusta, including Gov. Paul LePage's chief of staff, Kathleen Newman ($500), and senior health policy adviser Katrin Teel ($300); Senate President Kevin Raye's wife, Karen ($100); and small donations from GOP legislative staffers David Madore, Keith Herrick, Robert Caverly, Mark Steel and David Soerensen.

She raised only $915 in small donations and no additional PAC contributions this period. She had $9,957 in her treasury on May 23. 

BEN POLLARD – D

$400 this period, $9,400 overall

Pollard didn't send a disclosure to the FEC until Saturday. Reached by telephone, he said it had been an oversight. He provided a copy to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in which he reported raising just $300 in the period, all from small donors, plus his own $100 contribution. He said he had avoided fundraising as he had originally hoped to run "on word of mouth."

Pollard reported having had only $37 in cash on hand on May 23 and more than $11,000 in campaign debts. 

ANDREW IAN DODGE – I

No money reported

Independent Andrew Ian Dodge, former coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, did not file a pre-primary report. Although King filed a full report, it is unclear if independent candidates were required by law to do so. Dodge is the only candidate on the ballot who has not filed any disclosures this election cycle, suggesting he has raised less than the requisite $5,000 to date. 

Staff Writer Colin Woodard can be

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