Maine gov candidates spend more than $3 million total

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 10:54 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 27, 2010, at 2:55 a.m.
The five Maine gubernatorial candidates met to debate issues in a forum before seniors in Waterville, Maine, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.  Independent Kevin Scott, center, makes a point while Republican Paul LePage, left,  and Democrat Libby Mitchell, right, listen. Mainers will elect a new governor 6 weeks from today.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
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The five Maine gubernatorial candidates met to debate issues in a forum before seniors in Waterville, Maine, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. Independent Kevin Scott, center, makes a point while Republican Paul LePage, left, and Democrat Libby Mitchell, right, listen. Mainers will elect a new governor 6 weeks from today.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

AUGUSTA, Maine — New finance reports filed with the state show that the five candidates for Maine governor have passed the $3 million mark in spending for their campaigns.

Reports show strong fundraising by Republican Paul LePage, who collected nearly $400,000 between mid-July and mid-September, and independent Eliot Cutler, whose campaign took in nearly $160,000.

LePage has spent just over $400,000, Cutler $1.2 million. Democratic candidate Libby Mitchell, who’s receiving public funding, reports spending $1 million on her campaign so far.

Adding in $382,000 spent by independent Shawn Moody and nearly $17,000 by independent Kevin Scott, the total spent by all five comes to $3 million.

Reports show front-runner LePage with nearly $534,000 cash on hand, Mitchell with $583,000 and Cutler with $121,500.

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