Politics

December 12, 2012

Campaign spending hit unprecedented levels

More than $11 million was spent on Maine's Senate race, and the flood in spending from super PACs and anonymous donors has caused concern on both sides of the aisle.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Roughly $261,000 of the $358,000 donated to King after Oct. 18 came from individuals, who under federal law could contribute up to $2,500 each, although most donations were much smaller.

The notable names who donated to King in the final weeks include: Karen Mills ($2,500), a fellow resident of Brunswick, Maine, who serves in President Obama's Cabinet as administrator of the Small Business Administration; former longtime Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia ($300); and Donna Shalala ($250), president of the University of Miami and President Clinton's former health secretary.

King also received $94,700 from political committees. The list of PACs that gave to King in the final weeks includes unions such as the National Education Association ($5,000) and the United Food and Commercial Workers International ($5,000), military contractors General Dynamics ($2,500) and Boeing ($2,500), and energy companies Iberdrola USA ($5,000) and NextERA ($4,500), both of which have a sizable presence in Maine.

Summers, meanwhile, received $82,700 from individuals from Oct. 18 onward as well as $70,750 from political party committees and PACs. The list of PACs that donated to Summers in the final weeks of the campaign includes: United Parcel Service PAC ($5,000), Spending Cuts Over Total Taxation PAC ($2,500), National Federation for Independent Business Safe Trust PAC ($2,500), National Venture Capital Association PAC ($5,000) and 21st Century Majority PAC ($2,500).

Dill, the Democratic nominee, received $5,000 of the $16,300 she raised the final weeks from the PAC of the Service Employees International Union, the union representing many state employees in Maine. Dill's campaign committee reported completing the election roughly $4,700 in debt.

Maine's two U.S. House races saw considerably less spending.

The 2nd District Republican candidate Kevin Raye raised nearly $134,000 in the final weeks of the campaign, bringing his total contributions to just shy of $650,000. The latest finance reports show Raye finished the campaign roughly $15,500 in the red.

Raye's Democratic opponent, newly re-elected U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, raised just $36,250 during that same period but over the course of the campaign amassed a war chest of $1.2 million.

In the 1st District, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree took in $34,500 in additional donations in the final weeks, bringing the total in her successful re-election bid to just over $1 million.

Pingree's opponent, Republican Jonathan Courtney, received roughly $7,600 in donations in the final weeks to bring his total for the campaign to $128,500.

 

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