- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is maintaining a wide fundraising lead over GOP challenger Scott Milne a month before the election.

Shumlin brought in more than $100,000 in September on top of the $1 million he already had, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday.

Milne saw a jump in fundraising in September, bringing in more than $81,000, but he still has far less than Shumlin with a total of nearly $137,000 raised.

Shumlin also spent more during the reporting period, using nearly $235,000 compared to Milne’s $33,000.

“Our campaign is raising the resources we need to communicate with Vermonters about the clear choice they face in this election - between continuing our progress in creating economic opportunities or taking Vermont backwards. The governor looks forward to engaging with Vermonters across the state, in person and on the airwaves, and asking for their vote on November 4,” said Shumlin’s campaign manager Scott Coriell.

Milne, a Pomfret businessman, said the surge in contributions is a sign his campaign is revving up.

“The hundreds of Vermonters who have pitched in to be a part of our grassroots campaign is just another example of the momentum fueling our efforts to clean up the mess that Shumlin has created in state government,” he said.

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano brought in far less than either of them, raising $3,200 this reporting period, with a total of $16,000 in campaign contributions so far.

“I put my efforts into getting my message out to voters and to establishing my candidacy as a viable alternative and not into fundraising,” he said.

In the race for lieutenant governor, former state Rep. Dean Corren qualified for public financing that would bring him up to $200,000. He’s running as a Progressive and Democrat. Incumbent Phil Scott, the only Republican holding statewide office, has raised a little over $200,000 to date, with $38,000 coming in the latest reporting period. He spent $57,000 since early September, leaving his campaign with a little over $95,000.

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