MONTPELIER — Last month, Gov. Phil Scott appealed to potential donors, saying he needed their help to catch up with his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, on the fundraising front in his quest to be re-elected governor of Vermont.
Did he ever.
Scott raised $200,019 in monetary donations for the reporting period ending Thursday, according to campaign finance records on the Secretary of State’s website.
Zuckerman also did well in September, raising $106,713. For the entire election cycle, he still leads Scott in total fundraising, with $566,521 in monetary contributions raised to $334,853 for Scott.
A good portion of Scott’s contributions came from companies or individuals affiliated with the construction and materials industries.
Champlain Valley Equipment of Middlebury and DEW Construction of Williston both gave Scott the maximum of $4,160. Troy Minerals of Colchester contributed $2,000 for the period, and has given $3,000 total.
Angelo and Remo Pizzagalli, co- founders of what is now employee-owned PC Construction in South Burlington, gave $2,500 and $2,000, respectively. Dawn Tatro, the vice president of GW Tatro Construction in Johnson, and Mark Gherardi, president of Buttura & Gherardi Granite Artisans in Barre, each gave the maximum of $4,160. Gary Burrington, president of Winterset Inc., a construction management firm in Lyndonville, donated $1,000.
In the energy sector, Scott’s donations included $2,000 from Bourne’s Energy in Morrisville, and $500 from the HEAT political action committee in Berlin.
Individual donations included former Republican candidate for governor Bruce Lisman, who donated $2,000 this reporting period and $4,000 total ;Winthrop H. “Win” Smith Jr. of Warren, a former Merrill Lynch executive, contributing $4,160; and the campaign’s treasurer, Glen A. Wright, who gave $4,160.
Scott also received a $2,616 in-kind contribution from Republican lieutenant governor candidate Scott Milne, tagged in Scott’s report as “research.”
Overall, Scott reported 789 contributors, with 507 giving $100 or less.
Zuckerman reported 1,095 contributors making 1,376 donations, with 902 of those giving $100 or less. His campaign pointed to that response, and to his performance in a debate with Scott on Thursday, as “demonstrating his growing momentum coming into the last month of the election.”
Among notable donations, Zuckerman received $8,000 from the Vermont Progressive Party, $4,160 from the Vermont NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, $2,000 from the Vermont Renewable Energy Political Action Committee.
His individual donors include Prentice C. Smith of Brattleboro, who gave $1,000 and has contributed a total of $4,000 to the campaign, and the maximum of $4,160 from Elizabeth Steele of Shelburne, the president of a Burlington real estate development firm.
Zuckerman also gave his own campaign $8,320, “in memory of my parents, who would have donated.”
Where are the candidates spending the money?
For Zuckerman, a large portion of donations — $68,736 to 12 broadcast outlets — went into radio and television advertising in September, including $35,024 at WCAX-TV in Burlington alone.
Locally, Zuckerman’s ad dollars included $815 to WEQX-FM in Manchester and $711 to Four Seasons Media in Brattleboro, which owns WTSA-AM and FM.
Scott’s expenditures include a total of $37,500 to Optimus Analytics of Alexandria, Va., a data research firm; and $4,500 to Henhouse Media of Burlington for video production.
In the lieutenant governor’s race, the single largest donor to Republican Scott Milne’s bid for the office last month was Milne himself, to the tune of $73,470.78. That accounts for 59 percent of the $124,808 Milne’s campaign collected in monetary contributions for the period ending Sept. 30.
Among donors, Milne received $4,160 from Masaii Properties LLC, for which he is listed as the business agent by the Secretary of State’s office; $2,000 each by Angelo and Remo Pizzagalli; the maximum of $4,160 by Jeff Marshall of Norwich; and $4,000 by Scott Boardman, president of Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group in Burlington.
Like Zuckerman, Milne has poured money into mass media. His expenditures for the month include more than $43,000 to television advertising — $21,340 to WCAX, $17,075 to WPTZ and $5,098 to WFFF — as well as $156,000 to Optimus Analysis and $34,000 to Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va.
Gray reported monetary contributions of $62,985 from 453 contributors. Significand donations included $3,000 from Patricia Highberg of Woodstock; $2,000 from Anne Slattery of Bennington. She had 453 contributors this month, with 324 of $100 or less.
She received $1,250 form the Vermont Building Trades PAC, $4,160 from the Vermont NEA Fund for Children and Public Education.
Gray’s campaign expenses include $33,500 with Canal Partners Media of Atlanta, a political and issue-focused media buying firm, and $2,700 with Facebook.
Greg Sukiennik covers Vermont government and politics for New England Newspapers. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.