October 22, 2012

Top Maine political donors betting on Democrats

Mainers have contributed $8.5 million for federal elections, with 20 percent coming from 10 individuals.

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Lisa Gorman, who is married to L.L. Bean Chairman Leon Gorman, is No. 4. Gorman has given $57,800 to committees to re-elect Obama, $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and $6,000 to the Jewish activist group Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs. Gorman also donated $2,400 to Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, who ended her re-election bid in February.

Daniel Hildreth, who is involved with several conservation groups and a shareholder in Diversified Communications in Portland, is No. 5. Hildreth has donated $88,200 in this cycle, more than $55,000 to Obama.

Hildreth is followed by:

Margot Milliken ($87,300), wife of Roger Milliken, who owns and manages over 100,000 acres of forestland in eastern Maine.

Author Stephen King ($86,700)

Leon Gorman ($85,700)

Robert C.S. Monks ($79,100)

Cyrus Hagge ($77,000).

Obama and his fundraising committee have received most of their donations.

Monks is a minority owner of the Press Herald.

Democratic donors dominate the top 10 individual list.

Party affiliation is more split among the top 10 campaign committees receiving Maine dollars.

The Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC is No. 2 ($750,000), followed by Obama's campaign ($539,353); independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King's campaign ($494,028); Snowe's campaign ($440,538); the Maine Democratic State Committee ($288,477); the Democratic-aligned group ActBlue ($281,299); Romney's presidential campaign ($23®1,586); the campaign for Republican congressional hopeful Kevin Raye ($208,379); and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine ($198,675).

The congressional campaign figures do not include the candidates' most recent quarterly filings.

Staff Writer Steve Mistler can be contacted at 791-6345 or at:

smistler@mainetoday.com

twitter/stevemistler

This story was updated to include total donations to Republican and Democratic party committees and candidates. It has also been clarified to note donations to Obama's fundraising committee.

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