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Report says Shumlin has $1m in the bank

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It's an election year in Vermont, but you may not have noticed -- there are not a lot of contests yet, but the fundraising has begun.
It will be months before the campaign signs are out, but Monday candidates had to file their first campaign finance reports of the year.  

Those reports give the public a chance to size up monetary support behind the various candidates. All but one of the filings were done by incumbents. The other was from 2012 Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock who did loan his campaign some money. But so far Brock has not done significant fund-raising or indicated he actually plans to run again.

The incumbent governor Peter Shumlin has not announced his intentions, and plans to do so closer to Labor Day. His campaign twitter account started tweeting again this month and he has been raising some significant money.

Shumlin's campaign announced it had raised more than $320,000 in this filing period.  Added to the war chest he had left over from 2012 Shumlin now has more than a million dollars to spend.

As for all of the other statewide offices -- including Vermont's lone congressional seat -- almost all incumbents are yet to face challengers, either from within their parties or the major opposition party. The only exception -- the Lt. Governors race. Phil Scott is the only statewide Republican who's announced he's seeking reelection.   He's raised $8,500 in contributions.

Tuesday the Vermont Democratic Party told WCAX-TV  that John Bauer -- a longtime Democrat from Lamoille County -- announced his intentions to run for Lieutenant Governor and taking on Phil Scott. But he has not filed any paperwork yet.
The Vermont Republican Party says challengers to incumbent Democrats in statewide races will be announced in the near future.

Click here for the latest campaign finance reports from candidates.


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