Thursday was the the most recent reporting deadline for candidates running for governor to file financial statements with the Vermont Secretary of State’s office. Below are the numbers provided by the six major candidates for governor. Also included are statements provided by the candidates regarding their filings.One thing to note is that much of the money spent so far by the candidates has gone into infrastructure and staffing. Going forward, the candidates will spend most of their money on advertising. Brian Dubie, a Republican, does not face primary opposition. The five Democrats will meet in an August 24 election to see who will be their party’s representative in the general election November 2. State Senator Susan Bartlett did not issue a statement.Brian Dubie, Raised, $943,960; spent, $455,116Deb Markowitz, Raised, $523,946; spent, $337,189Peter Shumlin, Raised, $418,490; spent, $200,492Matt Dunne, Raised, $267,860; spent, $129,100Doug Racine, Raised, $210,157; spent, $133,271Susan Bartlett, $70,919; spent, $58,802DunneToday the Dunne Campaign submitted their financial filing detailing campaign finances from October 2009 (when Dunne declared his candidacy) through July 12.The Dunne Campaign reported raising $267,860.69, or more than $6,800 per week since Matt announced his candidacy. They finished with a cash-on-hand total of $132,958.71 which was more than 50% of their total monetary contributions and more than the total amount Dunne raised in his entire Lt. Governor primary race.Matt Dunne said, ‘I am encouraged by our show of strength in this financial report. We have been focused on building this campaign from the ground up. The fundraising has increased each month as more and more people have been excited by the opportunity of a new generation of leadership and have realized we have the best opportunity to defeat Brian Dubie.’The momentum of the Dunne campaign is exemplified by the particularly strong showing of support in the final 96 hours of this financial deadline when the campaign raised more than $25,000.‘At the early stage of the campaign, many Vermonters had either already given to another candidate or were having a tough time making a decision on who to back,’ said Dunne. ‘In the last few months, we have won over many donors that have decided to throw their weight behind this campaign. That is just the kind of momentum we want going into the final six weeks.’‘We are continuing to grow our grassroots organization everyday,’ said David Babbott, Dunne’s deputy campaign manager and field director. ‘This filing reveals that we are going to have the financial backing necessary to effectively organize the state and directly communicate with voters about our vision for Vermont.’Approximately 63% of all contributors gave donations of $100 or less, showing the true grassroots support that the campaign has received. Dunne has also chipped in to the effort, contributing $2,000 of his own money to the campaign.With a significant amount of cash on hand, Dunne is in a strong position to continue communicating and sharing with voters a vision for revitalizing the economy which includes bringing broadband to the last mile, providing more access to capital and developing investments in infrastructure and education. The campaign will continue focusing on grassroots organizing and building a strong field operation. It is clear through this report that the campaign has the finances necessary to win in August and again in November.Report Details:Total raised – $267,860.69Total spent – $129,100.47Cash-on-hand – $132,958.71Total contributions raised 7/9 – 7/12 – $27,537Total amount contributed by candidate – $2,000Average amount raised per week – $6,868DubieLt. Gov. Brian Dubie reported Wednesday that he has raised $943,960 from 4,095 individual donors in his campaign for governor of Vermont.‘The fact that more than 4,000 people care enough about this campaign to write a check is truly encouraging,’ Dubie said. ‘People are responding to my positive, pro-jobs message. There is a clear difference between my opponents and myself. They want to increase government spending and raise taxes. I want to control spending and cut taxes. People are seeing this contrast and supporting my campaign.’More than 91% of the campaign donors are from Vermont. Contributions have come from 3,728 Vermonters in cities and towns throughout the state.‘I am deeply humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support,’ Dubie said. ‘It’s not just about how many people have donated to my campaign, it’s about how many people have volunteered to march in parades, make phone calls, and put yard signs on their front lawns or bumper stickers on their cars. The grassroots momentum our campaign is building has never been seen in Vermont. We have already knocked on 30,000 doors and attracted 8,200 fans on Facebook. Thanks to these generous supporters, we’ll be able to reach out to Vermonters in every corner of the state.’MarkowitzToday, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced that 1,812 Vermonters from 177 cities and towns across the state have invested in her campaign to jumpstart Vermont’s economy. Markowitz raised nearly $524,000, which is twice the amount raised by her nearest Democratic opponent.‘I am extremely grateful to the thousands of Vermonters from every part of our state who joined our campaign to jumpstart job creation in Vermont,’ Markowitz said. ‘Resources matter in a campaign, especially a campaign like ours which is focused on strong grassroots organizing. Investments in our neighbor-to-neighbor outreach program will help us win the Democratic primary and position us to beat Brian Dubie in November.’Markowitz’s grassroots fundraising depth was especially impressive. More than 1,440 Vermonters gave less than $100, and the average donation of these sustaining donors was $64.50. These are donors who have contributed to the Markowitz campaign on multiple occasions and who will be helpful again in the home stretch of both the primary and general elections. Markowitz has nearly $180,000 cash-on-hand with an expected strong six weeks of fundraising ahead of the campaign. Markowitz invested early in developing a field operation which has been in full force for six weeks. Her grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor outreach efforts have connected with tens of thousands of Vermonters and has organized nearly 100 super-captains who are preparing for get out the vote efforts across Vermont. This is the second consecutive filing period that Markowitz has raised more than double her nearest competitor in the Democratic primary. In July 2009, Markowitz even outraised incumbent Governor Jim Douglas.RacineDoug Racine, candidate for governor, today submitted his campaign finance report to the Secretary of State. Racine’s total contributions for the 2010 primary election are just over $210,000. Racine has spent a total of just over $133,000 in the election so far. Racine noted that 95% of his contributions are from Vermonters, and over 98% are from individuals.”We are right on track for our campaign plan,” Amy Shollenberger, campaign manager for Racine, stated. “We are running a frugal, grassroots campaign that is focused on talking with as many Vermonters as possible. Our field operation is strong and getting stronger every day.”Racine agreed, saying, “My campaign is strong, and the endorsements of labor and the environmental community are adding more strength to our field outreach. Vermonters expect a personal, field-focused campaign, and that’s what we are doing.”ShumlinThe Shumlin for Governor campaign is proud to announce that we have brought in over $418,000. In the last six weeks alone, Peter has raised more than $120,000. We appreciate the outpouring of financial support that the campaign received from our supporters, which represents approximately $268,000 of our fundraising total for this reporting period. The remaining $150,000 of the money brought in is a personal loan from Peter Shumlin ‘ an investment in delivering his message of leadership, vision and job creation to all corners of the state. Peter is honored by the continued support that he has received from his supporters and is proud to invest the money he has earned through his Vermont business in talking to Vermonters about his plan for our state’s future.After creating a statewide field program and initiating a sizeable television and mail campaign to communicate directly with voters, we have approximately $207,000 on hand to continue to get Peter’s message of leadership, vision and job creation out to all Vermonters.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Public Library, like many other organizations locally and nationally is beginning to cancel events.The library had a number of activities lined up for reading month, but those will not go forth, as efforts to decrease the spread of Coronavirus are on the rise.Library director, Eric Magness-Eubank, says, “We are at our first stage of what we planned on possibly doing, and that is, we have cancelled our public programs through the end of March. We’ve cancelled three children’s story time programs, a teen movie, a concert that was supposed to take place this Sunday.”They’ve cancelled additional teen programs as well, and limited use of the facility by outside groups. Library personnel have also removed all toys from the play area, heightened cleaning, and is requesting that patrons let employees know if they are sick.Eubank says the library does want to take every measure they can to keep the public safe. There is no word yet on if or when programming will resume. You can stay informed on dates, and even potential library closings by checking Alpena County Library’s website or by calling (989) 356–6188.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Library, Alpena Public Library, coronavirus, library, programming, programsContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle Electric & Gas to close its office to the public until April 6Next Michigan Works! April job fairs cancelled