October 23, 2012

Campaign reports list names of Maine Senate donors

Most contributors to the top three candidates are Mainers, but out-of-state checks are the biggest.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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U.S. Senate cadidates Angus King, Charlie Summers and Cynthia Dill, left to right, participate in a debate at the at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

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Dill, the Democratic nominee, has raised a fraction of the money received by King or Summers. Dill's contributions for the three-month period ending Sept. 30 totaled roughly $57,300, which included just $650 from political action committees or political parties.

Aside from family members, one of the relatively few donors to contribute the maximum allowed to Dill is Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder of Burt's Bees and part-time Maine resident. Dill has worked to promote Quimby's proposal to donate 70,000 acres she owns in northern Maine for a national park.

Other notables on Dill's donor list include former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli of Portland ($500), former Maine House Speaker Hannah Pingree of North Haven ($250), and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and her husband S. Donald Sussman ($500 each). Sussman is majority share owner of MaineToday Media, publisher of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville.

Out-of-state donors accounted for 17 percent of Dill's contributions but wrote checks averaging nearly $210, compared with an average of $82 each from in-state donors. Dill has campaigned against the flood of out-of-state contributions to her opponents and spending by outside groups.

"Out-of-state money is buying Maine's U.S. Senate seat," Dill said in a recent statement. "It is going to the highest bidder, right before our eyes."


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