Gov. Peter Shumlin has $1,077,000 in cash going into the election season, and has spent three times more than his opponent has raised this year. His challenger, Republican Scott Milne, has $20,000 in the bank; Shumlin has spent $65,000 this year.
Milne, who got a late start, has yet to make a formal announcement or launch a website. Last week the North Pomfret businessman said he hoped to raise $35,000 by the July campaign finance deadline. Half of the $20,000 Milne has managed to sock away came from the Boies family based in New York state.
"We can run a strong campaign for $200,000," Milne said. "If we get more than that we’ll spend it wisely to get our message out."
Shumlin did not issue a statement with the release of his campaign finance data to the press. (The governor says he will not campaign until after Labor Day.) His treasurer, Kate O’Connor, acknowledged that the governor has raised $93,350 since March.
Dean Corren, the Progressive who is running for lieutenant governor and is seeking the Democratic nomination, qualifies for public financing that will bring his total available campaign funds up to $200,000. At this point, Corren has three times more money than incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. To date, Scott has raised $61,047 and has about $78,325 in cash on hand. Under Vermont’s public campaign financing law, Corren can spend $50,000 on the primary and $150,000 on the general election.
There are no other competitive statewide races this year for state auditor, treasurer, secretary of state or attorney general.
Certain political action committees have raised a good deal more money than the candidates. The Coca-Cola Nonpartisan PAC for Good Government has raised $112,745, for example.
Vying for the No. 1 spot is the Vermont Democratic House Campaign, which has brought in a whopping $108,019 this cycle. The House Republican PAC, by comparison, has rolled up $12,260.
The CommonSense Leadership PAC, which supports Republican candidates, has banked $27,060, and the Rutland GOPAC brought in $17,825 this election cycle.
The Senate Leadership Committee, a Democratic pass-through for state Senate candidates, raised $20,363 this cycle.