Former independent Governor Angus King, now running as a candidate for U.S. Senate with no party affiliation, has gotten his campaign off to a strong start. Leading in most polls, the ex-governor also has the largest bankroll, according to FEC reports.
King raised $173,562 in the first quarter and still has over $142,000 of that in cash on hand.
Former Lisbon Falls Selectman Scott D’Amboise, a Republican, has the second largest war-chest of all the candidates, boasting $122,000 in the bank. However, it seems likely that the rest of the GOP field will pass D’Amboise as their campaigns ramp up.
All the fundraising numbers in this race are expected to change rapidly as the GOP race unfolds in the wake of incumbent Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision not to seek re-election this year. As of his latest filing, former State Senate President Rick Bennett had $104,000. He’s followed by Attorney General Bill Schneider, who had banked a modest $40,000 with $36,000 of it still in the bank. Secretary of State Charlie Summers has taken in only $21,000.
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap had $38,000 on hand.
Angus King was elected Maine’s 71st Governor in 1994 and re-elected by a landslide margin in 1998.