The Scan - June 6, 2013

Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., is the newest member of Congress after being sworn in Wednesday, and Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the Justice Department's fiscal 2014 budget request.
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June 5, 2013, 4:07 p.m.

With 7/15’s cam­paign fin­ance fil­ing, “voters and polit­ic­al ob­serv­ers got their first real glimpse in­to the num­bers be­hind one im­port­ant as­pect” of this year’s polit­ic­al camps. “The most eagerly awaited fun­drais­ing num­bers were for the ma­jor party can­did­ates” to re­place Gov. Jim Douglas (R).

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Among the Dems in the primary, ‘02 LG nom­in­ee/state Sen­ate Pres. Pro Tem Peter Shum­lin (D) “raised the most money over the last year,” tal­ly­ing more than $418K, al­though about $150K of that was a loan to the camp of the can­did­ate’s own money. Sec/State Deb Markow­itz (D) has raised the most money over­all among Dems, $524K. LG Bri­an Du­bie (R) has raised more (nearly $1M) spent more (nearly a half-mil­lion dol­lars) and has more cash than any of his rivals.

And for ‘02 nom­in­ee/state Sen./ex-LG Doug Ra­cine (D), “it re­mains to be seen if the en­dorse­ments he has gathered from labor uni­ons and the Ver­mont League of Con­ser­va­tion Voters will make up the dif­fer­ence” (Port­er, Barre-Mont­pe­li­er Times Ar­gus, 7/16).

A Dif­fer­ent Gov­ern­ment Fil­ing

“When it comes to per­son­al wealth,” Shum­lin ap­pears to have the most among this year’s can­did­ates. Last year, he made nearly $1M, and he has already lent $150K to his bid for gov.

Four years after ‘06 SEN nom­in­ee/IDX Sys­tems Corp. Chair Richard Tar­rant (R) spent more than $6M of his own money in a los­ing bid to rep­res­ent VT in the Sen­ate, “Shum­lin is poised to tap his for­tune.” Neither Du­bie nor any of the Dems are close to Shum­lin in in­come, ac­cord­ing to ‘09 fed­er­al tax re­turns.

Markow­itz, who makes about $76K, was a “dis­tant second be­hind Shum­lin in fund­ing from self or fam­ily.” Her cam­paign fin­ance re­port showed fund­ing from self and fam­ily of about $25K of the $524K she had raised so far. Markow­itz said in an in­ter­view she didn’t be­grudge Shum­lin’s de­cision to put his own money in­to his cam­paign. Markow­itz: “He’s got the money to spend so he’s spend­ing it.”

Ra­cine re­por­ted that about $15K of the $210K he had raised so far had come from him­self or his fam­ily. Ra­cine re­por­ted about $136K in in­come in 2009.

State Sen. Susan Bart­lett (D) re­por­ted an ad­jus­ted gross in­come last year of about $96K. Her fil­ing showed about $10.5K of the roughly $71K her cam­paign had raised to date had come from her­self or her fam­ily (Ben­ning­ton Ban­ner, 7/18).

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