Publicly financed candidate Mitchell outspends Maine field

Posted Oct. 25, 2010, at 12:03 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrat Libby Mitchell, whose campaign in Maine’s gubernatorial race is publicly financed through the Maine Clean Election Act, has reported spending $1.7 million to date, making her the top spender.

The most recent campaign finance reports shows that independent Eliot Cutler has spent nearly $1.6 million in the race, more than any of his traditionally financed rivals.

Reports filed Friday with the state ethics commission show Cutler’s spent more than Republican Paul LePage, who reported $950,000 in expenditures. Independents Shawn Moody spent $534,000 and Kevin Scott $24,000.

The totals do not include money spent by non-campaign organizations to air advertisements targeting a specific candidate.