Shumlin has triple Brock’s cash on hand; Donovan raises a third more than Sorrell

Gov. Peter Shumlin has three times more cash to spend than his opponent, Republican Randy Brock, according to the latest campaign finance filing with the Vermont Secretary of State.

Shumlin has $769,026 in the bank, while Brock has $237,139 in hand as of Aug. 15.

The governor has raised $836,435 so far from 2,179 contributors. Brock has brought in $584,923 from 918; $300,000 of that total came out of his own pocket.

Shumlin has garnered $160,293 in the last 30 days. Brock, in the last cycle, has raised less than a third of that amount — $55,329.

The GOP state senator, who hopes to unseat the incumbent Democrat governor, fell short of the $100,000 mark — the minimum amount that pundit Eric Davis says Brock needs to get within striking distance of Shumlin this campaign season.

Brock, who has bought television ads to build his name recognition, has outspent Shumlin three-to-one. The Republican has spent $347,784, while the governor has spent $93,008 so far.

“We are so pleased with the outpouring of financial support Governor Shumlin has received over the past month,” said Shumlin for Governor Finance Director Erika Wolffing. “We have raised over $160,000 in the past four weeks and received contributions from over 700 new donors who believe in Governor Shumlin’s leadership and focus on job creation, economic development and delivering results for Vermonters.”

Donovan leads on fundraising in AG’s race

The two Democratic candidates vying in the Vermont attorney general primary have roughly about the same amount of money on hand in the two-week runup before the Aug. 28 primary, but they are further apart on the total amount raised so far.

The incumbent, Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell has $57,656 in cash on hand; Donovan has $54,192 in cash.

Sorrell, who has served as Vermont attorney general for 15 years, has raised a total of $115,160 from 315 contributors. He has received $22,623 in donations since July 15.

Sorrell said in a statement: “I am honored to have received this financial support. We have outpaced our own financial benchmarks and have the money we need to finish strong and win this election.”

His challenger, TJ Donovan, the Chittenden County state’s attorney has brought in $166,971 this campaign season from 560 donors. He has raised $37,261 since the last campaign finance reporting deadline on July 15.

“I couldn’t be more honored to receive such a broad base of support across this state. From the endorsements, to the grassroots organizing, the momentum is in our corner,” Donovan said in a statement. “The strong fundraising effort reflects this momentum. I am hopeful that I will receive the ultimate endorsement from Vermont Democratic voters on August 28.”

The Donovan campaign has spent three times more than Sorrell has so far. The state’s attorney has spent $70,960, while Sorrell has spent $19,872.

The Democratic Attorney General’s Association political action committee gave $6,000 in a direct contribution to Sorrell in the last reporting period. The association has spent $99,000 in independent expenditures on advertising to support Sorrell’s campaign.

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