Incumbents Far Ahead In Fundraising

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Monday was a state and federal campaign finance reporting deadline and, all around, Vermont’s top politicians have a financial advantage over their challengers.

After subtracting expenditures from contributions, Governor Peter Shumlin had more than $1 million on hand with three weeks left in the campaign, while his challenger, Republican State Senator Randy Brock, had about $104,000.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, incumbent Senator Berine Sanders had raised $6.8 million in his campaign.

Republican challenger John MacGovern’s totals weren’t immediately available, but he had raised less than $30,000 as of early August.

Democratic Representative Peter Welch reported more than $1.3 million in cash on hand. His Republican challenger, Mark Donka, said he didn’t file a report with the Federal Election Commission because he had not met the threshold for doing so – a fundraising total of $5,000 or more.

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