Tag Archives: campaign finance

RGA has the biggest war chest, but faces fleet of Democratic PACs

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Political action committees seeking to influence Maine elections had through September amassed about three-fourths of the entire amount raised during the last gubernatorial election year. As staff writer Mario Moretto reported today, that puts PAC spending on track to far outpace totals from the 2010 gubernatorial election. The latest numbers come from reports filed by a midnight deadline, detailing […]

What their campaign contribution history tells us about Cutler’s GOP supporters

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The five people touted as GOP faithfuls who endorsed independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Friday have together donated about equal amounts to other independent candidates and Republican candidates for state office in the past 10 years. One of the people who endorsed Cutler on Friday gave money this year to incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and none had donated to Democratic candidate […]

Outside groups pump about $2.2 million into Maine governor’s race

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The race for the Blaine House has already attracted about $2.2 million in spending by groups not specifically connected with a campaign, primarily for television ads. The total is ahead of the five-person contest in 2010, when outside groups had spent about $1.6 million by early September in independent expenditures. We’ve gathered the latest reports into three views below that […]

Court ruling means formerly maxed-out donors could add $526,500 to Cutler’s coffers

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A court ruling issued Friday will allow Independent Eliot Cutler’s campaign to double up on contributions from individual supporters. That’s a proposition worth at least $526,500 to his campaign, based on the about 351 contributors who had maxed out their support for the candidate, at a previous $1,500 limit, by a July 15 filing deadline. The gist of the […]

Michaud jumps ahead of Cutler’s spending in June with early TV ads

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One chart makes it clear that the race for the Blaine House is warming up. For the first time since the start of the campaign, Democrat Mike Michaud outspent independent Eliot Cutler in June. Incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s campaign spending also rose in that month, but continues at a much slower pace than his challengers. Through June, the […]

The money race for the Blaine House, in six charts

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler brought in the most cash between May and July — mostly from his own pocket — but he’s also spent the most so far. Cutler lags both incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud for the cash their campaigns had on hand as of the latest reporting period. The Michaud campaign had […]

Emily Cain announces three-month fundraising total of $380,000 for congressional campaign

Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, who is running for the open 2nd Congressional District seat against Republican Bruce Poliquin of Oakland, announced Tuesday that she has raised nearly $380,000 in the second quarter of 2014, bringing her overall total for the 2014 election to more than $870,000. Cain’s second quarter total outpaced Poliquin significantly, […]