Holcombe sets fundraising pace for primary

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MONTPELIER — With a week to go before the Tuesday, Aug. 11 primary election, the race for the Democratic nomination for governor continues to generate the most contributions and spending, according to campaign finance filings made public by the secretary of states's office.

Rebecca Holcombe of Norwich, the former Vermont Secretary of Education, raised $64,913 between July 1 and Aug. 1, according to documents filed with the Secretary of State's office.

To date, Holcombe, making her first statewide run for public office, has raised $546,278 and spent $490,891.

Among her Democratic opponents, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman raised $60,129 in July, while Bennington attorney Patrick Winburn raised $16,142. Winburn has lent more than $200,000 to his own campaign.

Zuckerman has brought in $349,047 so far in the campaign, and spent $310,261.

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On the Republican side, incumbent Gov. Phil Scott, who has kept a low profile on the campaign trail as he deals with the COVID-19 crisis, raised $18,596, giving him a total of $98,793. He spent only $1,133 in the past month directly.

John Klar of Brookfield, who is challenging Scott in the Republican primary, brought in $8,447 in contributions in the past month. He's raised a total of $37,297 and spent $24,941.

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In the Democratic race for lieutenant governor, newcomer Molly Gray has retained her fundraising advantage over three rivals for the nomination. Her spending of $155,308 on the race is more than fellow candidates Brenda Siegel of Newfane and State Sen. Debbie Ingram have raised for the campaign, combined.

Gray, the assistant attorney general, was not the top fundraiser in the Democratic race this past month. That was Senate President Tim Ashe of Burlington, whose $28,982 for July includes a $5,000 loan to himself. Gray raised $22,134, but to date she has amassed $213,680 in contributions — about twice as much as Ashe, who has a total of $109,031 in contributions.

Siegel, who on Sunday announced that Ben and Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield had endorsed her run for lieutenant governor, raised $17,702 last month, for a total of $64,099. That puts her just behind Ingram, of Williston. But Ingram's $22,111 raised last month included three loans from herself, totaling $18,079.

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Among Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, Meg Hansen's early fundraising advantage over Scott Milne has disappeared, thanks to Milne raising $41,085 this past month. He has now amassed $53,792 and spent $12,849, while Hansen, of Manchester, has raised $36,764 and spent $31,083.

Greg Sukiennik covers Vermont government and politics

for New England Newspapers Inc.

Reach him at gsukiennik@reformer.com.


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