GOP candidate nears $1m in donations
MANCHESTER — Republican candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne has had a fundraising bonanza during the first part of the year.
His campaign told the New Hampshire Sunday News that as of his official filing for governor last Thursday, he had raised more than $910,000 from more than 1,500 donors, with 88 percent of the donors from New Hampshire.
A campaign official said it reflects “extraordinary support, especially for someone who is not self-funding his campaign.”
Under state law, political committees are not required to file reports publicly with the Secretary of State’s Office until June 20, and candidate committees do not have to make their initial filings until Aug. 22.
Two years ago, the eventual GOP nominee for governor, John Stephen, filed a report in June that showed he had raised nearly $665,000.
Gov. John Lynch filed his first report of the last campaign in August 2010, showing he had raised $1.3 million at that point.
Lamontagne is on a pace to come close to, if not surpass, Lynch’s August 2010 figure by August of this year.
The Lamontagne campaign said it has spent money only to set up a campaign infrastructure and has “well over a half-million dollars” on hand.
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John DiStaso is senior political reporter of the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @jdistaso.
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