Minter ahead of Scott in fundraising


Montpelier >> Democrat Sue Minter continues to out fundraise her Republican opponent, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, in the 2016 race for governor.

The latest campaign finance report shows Minter raised $150,000 in the last two weeks, bringing her total campaign haul to a little more than $1.6 million in cash.

Scott reported raising $132,000 in the first half of October. His total for the campaign stands at close to $1.3 million.

All of the candidates, including those that ran in the primary, have spent a total of approximately $6.5 million. An additional $3 million has been spent by national party organizations and political action committees supporting Minter and Scott, as well as defeated Democratic candidate Matt Dunne.

Total spending among all the candidates and the outside groups in the race to succeed Gov. Peter Shumlin has nearly reached the $10 million mark. A large chunk of that came from Republican businessman Bruce Lisman, who spent $2.3 million, according to the latest report filed, almost $2 million of his own money, in an unsuccessful effort to beat Scott for the Republican Party nod.

In the latest reports filed Saturday, Minter reports spending $1.46 million on the race so far. Scott has spent $1.25 million, almost every dollar he has taken in.

Scott has spent about $550,000 of his campaign money on television ads and other media purchases. Minter has spent about $850,000 of her campaign money on media, according to the reports filed with the Vermont Secretary of State.

However, outside groups have played a larger role in media buys. A political action committee funded by the Republican Governors Association, A Stronger Vermont, has spent approximately $1.8 million, more than a half a million in the last two weeks, on advertisements critical of Minter and trying to tie her to Shumlin.

An equivalent group funded by the Democratic Governors Association, Our Vermont, has spent more than $750,000 on advertisements going after Scott.

Notable donors for Minter included $2,000 from ice cream mogul Ben Cohen; $1,000 from Pearson for Senate. (Rep. Chris Pearson received $80,000 in donations after he was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders). Minter also received an additional $1,300 from actress Jane Fonda, bringing her total to Minter's campaign to the $4,000 maximum.

Also contributing to Minter were Don Rendall, the president of Vermont Gas Systems, who gave an additional $250, bringing his total to $500; and former Department of Environmental Commissioner David Mears, who contributed an additional $500, bringing his total contributions to $950.

Scott's contributors included several construction companies: Breadloaf Construction contributed $1,000. GW Tatro Construction gave another $1,000, bringing their total to $2,000 for the campaign. Capitol Earthmoving of Barre also gave $1,000 during this reporting period, bringing their total to $2,500. Former state Rep. Joyce Errecart and Rita Pomerleau, who is married to developer Antonio Pomerleau, each gave $2,000 this reporting period, bringing them each to the maximum $4,000 limit.

Astrazeneca, a pharmaceutical company, gave Scott an additional $500, bringing their total to $2,000 for the campaign. Verizon, the phone company, contributed $1,000.


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