More than a year before the 2022 general election in Vermont, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray appears to be the only head of state actively raising funds, according to state campaign finance records released on the 1st. July.
The documents show Governor Phil Scott and Attorney General TJ Donovan have each raised around $ 2,500 since December. State Treasurer Beth Pearce raised $ 50, while State Auditor Doug Hoffer and Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos reported no campaign money.
By comparison, documents filed by Gray show that she has raised $ 50,000 in the past six months.
The Lieutenant Governor received funds from 167 donors, including 148 contributors who gave $ 100 or less.
Its biggest donors include Vermont renewable energy contractor David Blittersdorf, who donated the maximum amount, $ 4,160; Win Smith, the former owner of Sugarbush Resort, who donated $ 2,000; and Burlington real estate developer Ernie Pomerleau, who donated $ 2,000.
Gray also hired an employee, Liz Brown, who serves as a policy advisor.
Seven Days first reported on Brown’s hiring in March, noting that it “could be unprecedented” for a Vermont statewide political office holder to hire from. campaign staff during the first months of a new term.
While Gray is widely believed to be aiming for a seat in Congress in case a seat opens up next year, she says she is now focusing only on the lieutenant governor position.
In an interview, Gray said she raised money and hired Brown so she could maintain the campaign “infrastructure” she built during her run in 2020.
This includes its campaign website and mailing lists. In addition to fundraising, Brown is responsible for managing Gray’s contacts with political organizations, including the Vermont Democratic Party, “which allows me to focus 100% on the position of Lieutenant Governor.” , Gray said.
The Lieutenant Governor said that if she gets re-elected, “it’s important to have the infrastructure in place.”
“And that’s why: to make sure we have the ability to stay in touch with Vermonters, to stay in touch with the people who helped me get elected,” Gray said.
The July 1 campaign fundraising disclosure forms will offer the only insight into Vermont’s political fundraising this year.
The next round of campaign disclosures won’t arrive until March 2021, eight months before the November 2022 election.
While Scott has only raised about $ 2,500 since December, his campaign record shows he has a surplus of $ 272,200 left from his last campaign. AT&T was Scott’s largest donor this year, giving the governor $ 2,000 in February.
Pro Tempore Senate Speaker Becca Balint D-Windham, who has said she “definitely considers” a Congressional candidacy if a seat opens next year, has raised $ 800 in recent months.
She has a surplus of about $ 10,000 from her last campaign. House Speaker Jill Krowinski, D-Burlington, has not raised any campaign funds for the next election cycle.
The documents also show that the Vermont Democratic Party has raised $ 62,000 since December and the Vermont Republican Party has raised approximately $ 3,400.
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