On the Money, lieutenant governor: Scott banks on contractors, Howard on small donors

Sen. Phil Scott, file photo

Sen. Phil Scott, R-Washington, and Rep. Steve Howard, D-Rutland, have raised roughly $80,000 each. Scott spent nearly all his funds in the primary race against Mark Snelling. Howard, on the other hand, finished his race against Rep. Chris Bray with about $26,000 in cash.
In this special report, Vtdigger.org examines the sources of campaign money for Vermont’s candidates for lieutenant governor.
Where possible, Vtdigger.org has identified donors who are public figures, who are affiliated with large companies, or who have notable political affiliations.
The data used for this series came from the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, the Agency of Transportation Web site and a summary of private contracts with the state of Vermont for fiscal year 2009.

Sen. Phil Scott, R-Washington

Scott has raised $83,318 total and $35,860 in the last 30-day reporting period. He spent nearly all of his money in the primary. As of Sept. 15, he had less than $1,000 on hand. His expenditures for print and broadcast advertising alone totaled $16,182 from Aug. 17 through Sept. 15.
Scott has received $8,530 in small donations of less than $100, which accounts for about 10 percent of the contributions to his campaign.
Political Action Committees
Heat PAC, $500. Cota and Cota heating fuel dealers.
Politically Active Contractor in Vermont, $2,000
Out-of-state businesses

Pharmaceutical Research and Marketing of American, $1,000.
BLS Bennington LC, $2,000. Real estate corporation based in Youngstown, Ohio. A Tampa, Fla., address is listed on the campaign finance reports.
BLS Limited Partnership, $1,000. Real estate corporation based in Youngstown, Ohio. A Tampa, Fla., address is listed on the campaign finance reports.
JKL Limited Partnership, $2,000. Affiliated with Redstone Investments. Real estate corporation based in Youngstown, Ohio. A Tampa, Fla., address is listed on the campaign finance reports.
Editor’s note: In 2002, JKL Limited Partnership was fined $1,200 for allowing a plume of sediment from a construction site to enter Stevens Brook in Berlin. Phil Scott represented Dubois Construction, which was hired to do the excavation work for the project, in the court docket .
In-state businesses
CCS Constructors, $500. Morrisville. The company has held $4.02 million in contracts with the Agency of Transportation in 2009 and 2010.

F.R. Lafayette, $250. Company specializes in guard rails, signs, fences and granite curbs. Lafayette has conducted $6.34 million worth of business with the state of Vermont in the last two years


J.A. MacDonald, $1,000. Road and bridge construction company based in Lyndon Center. Holds $34.18 million in contracts with the state of Vermont. http://www.aot.state.vt.us/conadmin/EXECCONT.HTM

Maplewood Corp., $2,000. Berlin. (See Doug Hill, $1,000. Owner of Champlain Oil Co., Maplewood Ltd.)
Thunder Road Enterprises, $1,000. (See Tom Curley, $1,000.)
Nicom Coatings, Corp., $500. Paving sealants and fabric.
Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association, $500
E.F. Wall and Associates, $1,000. Contractors
Dubois Construction, $2,000. Scott owns the company
The Connor Group, $2,000. Contractor based in Berlin.
Lake Champlain Cruises, $2,000.
Jet Service Envelope, $1,000.
Handy Chevrolet, $250.
Handy Toyota, $250.
Troy Minerals, $200
Vermont Auto Dealers Association, $250
Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad Co., $250
Green Mountain Paving and Sealcoating Co. $500
Shelburne Limestone Corp., $500
Wayside Restaurant, $1,000
Circle J Tires, $2,000
The Great Energy Store, $500
Norm Cyr Aircraft Sales, $500
Lake Shore Drive Shopping Plaza, $500
Vermont Truck and Bus Association, $250
Blue Seal at Taft Corners, $200.
Cody Chevrolet, $250.
Lamoille Grain, $200
Mike’s Auto Parts, $200
Fecteau Residential, $500
Goss Dodge Chrysler, $250
Out-of-state donations
Bruce Lisman, $2,000. Investment banker.
Glen Wright, $1,000. Accountant who famously left Vermont because he said taxes here are too high.

James Pizzagalli, $1,000. Owner of Pizzagalli Properties, South Burlington.
Frank Whitcomb, $1,000. Owner of Frank W. Whitcomb Construction Corp., Walpole, N.H. The corporation has held $19.7 million in asphalt resurfacing contracts with VTrans over the last several years.
In-State donations of 1K or more
Angelo Pizzagalli, $1,000. Founder of Pizzagalli Construction Co.
Thomas Curley, $1,000. President of Thunder Road.
Ken Squier, $1,000. Founder of “Radio Vermont” WDEV.
Barry Chouinard, $1,000. CEO of Chouinard Comfort Colors, a textile “finishing” company in Northfield.
Ernest Smally, $1,000. Owner of Smalley Construction, Rutland.
Doug Hill, $1,000. Owner of Champlain Oil Co., Maplewood Ltd.
Luther Hackett, $1,000. Founder of Hackett, Valine and McDonald, an insurance, captive management and employee benefit firm.
Ralph Colin, $1,000.
Remo Pizzagalli, $1,000. CEO of Pizzagalli Construction.
In-state donations of 2K
Mary Alice McKenzie, former CEO of McKenzie Meats, legal counsel for Vermont State Colleges. Now executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington.
Donald Clark, Waterbury.
Donations of note
David Dill, $300. Secretary of the Agency of Transportation
Rep. Patty Komline, $150
Big expenditures
$1,440, WVMT
$696, WDEV
$1020, WSYB
$3,325 Times Argus
$4,814, Burlington Free Press
$4,887 WCAX
$4,700 to Work Safe Traffic Control Industries, a manufacturer of signs and distributor of traffic control devices for highways, construction zones, traffic calming and incident-management applications.

Steve Howard, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor


Rep. Steve Howard, D-Rutland

Howard has raised $80,959 to date, and about a quarter of those donations were in the last reporting period.
One-fourth of his contributions come from 340 small donors — $21,211. He has $26,429 on hand.
Howard served on the House Commerce, Institutions and Ways and Means committees.
Major contributors from July 15, 2009 to the present
Political Action Committees
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, $2,000
Vermont State Employees Association Political Awareness Committee, $1,500.
Fire PAC, $1,000. The International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO
Green Mountain PAC, $1,000. Sen. Patrick Leahy’s political action committee http://www.greenmountainpac.com/
Out-of-state businesses
Tonio Burgos & Associates, Inc., $1,500. NYC. Strategic planning, consulting, lobbying firm. http://www.tonioburgos.com/
In-state businesses
Clifford Funeral Home, $300
Flamingo Flats, $200
Miller & Candon, $200. Norwich law firm.
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 693, $500
Northeast Kingdom Labor Council, $200
Out-of-state donations of 2K
Paul Egerman, Weston Mass. CEO of eScription, a medical transcription technology company.
Cofounder of IDX in South Burlington. Donated $142,500 to Democratic candidates in 2008; has contributed $131,100 to campaigns in 2010 so far, according to campaignmoney.com.
Ronald Ansin, Harvard, Mass. Retired former CEO of Amevelt Shoe Co. Gave $103,050 to Democrats in 2008, according to CampaignMoney.com.
Jon L. Stryker, Kalamazoo, Mich. Architect. Forbes Magazine listed Stryker as the 428th richest billionaire in America. Estimated worth: $1.8 billion. He gave $62,500 to Democrats in 2008 according to CampaignMoney.com.
He is the founder of Arcus Foundation.
In-state donations of 2K
Barbara Carris
In-State donations of 1K or more
David Blittersdorf, $1,250. Founder of NRG Systems and AllEarthRenewables.
Diana Bingham, $1,000. Retired businesswoman. Brattleboro
Diane Carmolli, $1,000. Rutland. Former state representative.
Bill Carris, $1,000. Rutland County senator. Democrat.
Douglas Fiebelkorn, $1,000. Attorney.
Kathleen C. Hoyt, $1,000. Former Secretary of the Agency of Administration
under Howard Dean.
Jacob B. Perkinson, $1,000. Burlington attorney
Prentiss C. Smith, $1,000. Investor. Brattleboro
Bill Stetson, $1,500.
Donations of note
Welch for Congress, $500.
Peter Galbraith, $500. Former advisor to the Kurdistan government.
Candidate for Vermont State Senate.
Rep. Maxine J. Grad, D- Northfield, $500.
Margaret L Kannenstine, $750. Artist.
Lola Van Wagenen, $700. Founder of Clio Visualizing History, a nonprofit documentary film production company. Former wife of Robert Redford.
John T. Ewing, $200. Founder of Smart Growth Vermont.
Chris Lloyd, $350. Philanthropist.
Robin Lloyd, $250. Philanthropist.
Barry Waxman, $250. Retired.
Jane Pincus, $300. Author.
David Chipman, $610. Major Vermont political contributor in 2006 and 2008, according to CampaignMoney.com
Kimbell Sherman Ellis, $300
Major expenditures
CapAd Communications, $5,000. Telemarketing service based in McClean, Va.
The Mailing Center, $5,000. Barre, Vt.
Deerfield Designs, $3,000. Vermont screenprinting company.

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