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Posted: Jul 15, 2014

National group boosting Michaud touts record haul, still lags Republican counterpart

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An addendum to Monday's story about how Maine Republicans are hoping for repeat of its 2010 State House sweep ...

The story focused on how the Maine Republican Party used assistance from the Republican Governors Association to beef up what had historically been a lackluster ground operation. That operation served a number of purposes, not the least of which was a legitimate response to the Maine Democratic Party turnout machine.

The RGA and the Maine Republican Party are hoping for a similar result this year. The effort is set to benefit from over $100 million in donations to the RGA over the past 18 months. While most of that money will go to battles in states with more expensive media markets, the RGA has already made its presence felt here and is expected to stay through Election Day.

The fundraising picture isn't as rosy for the Democratic Governors Association, a group that's also heavily involved in Maine as it attempts to help Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud unseat LePage. Nonetheless, it's not terribly bleak, either. On Tuesday, the DGA posted its fundraising efforts for the period between April 1 and June 30 (The numbers were not public for Monday's story; Tuesday is the filing deadline.). The group showed $27 million, meaning it has raised $66.1 million thus far in 2014 (It's also spending a lot, but more on that later). According to the DGA, The organization claims that the haul is its largest ever during six months of fundraising, "a 20 percent increase from the same period in 2012, and nearly a 60 percent increase from the same period in 2010."

You can review the DGA's total filing here. Both the DGA and RGA are what's known as 527 organizations, tax exempt groups that file reports with the IRS.

In a press release issued Tuesday, the DGA stressed one point that was originally included in Monday's story but didn't make the edit for print. The first is that while the RGA has more money in its coffers, the DGA claims it's more successful in head-to-head contests. Danny Kanner, a DGA spokesman, told the Press Herald Monday, "We spend our resources more effectively and we promote policies that benefit the middle class and not the wealthiest and well-connected."

The DGA release stated that the group has won eight of the nine gubernatorial elections in which both the DGA and RGA have competed.

Here's a visual breakdown supplied by the DGA of the eight races it has won:







Comparative 2012 Spending




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West Virginia



Comparative 2011 Spending







West Virginia



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