October 15, 2012

Summers outraises Dill tenfold

The contributions were 'sincere, heartfelt' and not from wealthy out-of-state donors, the Democrat says.

By Jessica Hall jhall@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The campaign for Cynthia Dill, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, raised about $57,000, which was a fraction of the funds raised by Republican rival Charlie Summers.

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U.S. Senate cadidates, from left, independent Angus King, Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill participate in a debate at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Sept. 13.

2012 Press Herald file/Gregory Rec

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Summers' campaign reported raising about $507,000 from July 1 to Sept. 30, almost 10 times that of Dill's fundraising in the same period. Summers' campaign had raised $149,000 during the previous quarter.

Dill's campaign drew less fundraising than in the previous quarter, when it pulled in $66,157 from May 24 to June 30.

Independent candidate Angus King had not released his most recent quarterly figures yet, but he had raised nearly $900,000 by the end of June.

King is scheduled to go to New York City this week to get fundraising help from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fellow political independent who has already donated $500,000 to a group that hopes to propel King into the U.S. Senate.

Congressional candidates are required to file their full quarterly campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission by Monday.

Dill's campaign said it received a total of 548 contributions from 470 constituents during the past quarter. The average donation was $104.24.

"My campaign chest is not brimming with gold from wealthy out-of-state interests, but rather with small, sincere, heartfelt contributions from Maine people," Dill said in a prepared statement.

In terms of in-state and out-of-state fundraising, the Dill campaign reported receiving 97 contributions from 83 out-of-state constituents, comprising 17.7 percent of the total. The average out-of-state donation was $207.87.

In-state donations comprised 82.3 percent of all contributions, with 451 contributions from 385 constituents. The average donation was $81.95.

The campaign received one $200 contribution this quarter from a PAC, Strengthening Maine, according to the campaign's quarterly Federal Election Commission report.

"I have said the amount of fundraising by my two opponents is repugnant. At a time when 15 percent of families are living in poverty, and 20 percent of Maine children are without food security, the grotesque level of campaign spending in this race reeks of special interests and out-of-state influence," Dill said.

According to the FEC's website, outside groups had spent $3.9 million on Maine's Senate race as of last week.

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