MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) – Ahead of the Aug. 9 primary, candidates seeking Vermont state office were required to report their July 1 fundraising numbers.
Fundraising is one metric that can be used to examine a candidate’s support: how much money he’s raising, who’s donating, and where in the state he’s gathering support.
In the governor’s race, Democratic challenger Brenda Siegel outspent incumbent Gov. Phil Scott this quarter, but the Republican has a much larger war chest.
Scott raised $33,680, bringing his campaign total to more than $270,000.
His presumptive challenger, Siegel has raised more than $40,000 and has $40,000 in the bank.
The race for the open lieutenant governor seat is underway, with four Democrats and two Republicans.
On the Democratic side, former Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman raised $74,582 this quarter and has $60,636 in the bank.
Former Danville State Rep. Kitty Toll has raised $81,452 and has $84,386 in the bank.
World Affairs Council Executive Director Patricia Preston raised $46,514 with $88,178 in the bank.
And Woodstock’s Charlie Kimbell has raised $19,275 and has $22,063 in the bank.
On the Republican side, state Sen. Joe Benning raised just $6,000 and has $6,349 in the bank.
Rutland accountant Gregory Thayer raised $2,000 and only has $2,000 in the bank.
In the contested Democratic primary for secretary of state, Deputy Secretary Chris Winters and state Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas each raised $39,000 this cycle, while Montpelier Town Clerk John Odum raised $13,000.
In the Democratic race for attorney general, Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault raised $76,000 and Assistant State’s Attorney Charity Clarke $82,000.
No Republicans have filed campaign finance reports for attorney general or secretary of state.
Now, again, fundraising is just one metric for measuring support. It is in addition to policy platforms, recommendations and name recognition.
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