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Vt. candidates reveal campaign contributions

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In the race to hold Vermont's top public office, Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, holds a large fundraising advantage over his Republican opponent Scott Milne. Milne says he is still hiring staff as he is at the very beginning of his fundraising campaign.

Milne also says to look no further than the campaign of former house majority leader Eric Cantor to know that money isn't everything.

Vermont's candidates for Governor revealed how much money they have on hand Tuesday. Shumlin has now raised $509,715.89 this election cycle. Meanwhile Milne has raised $20,420.

Despite the large discrepancy in fundraising, Milne was optimistic about his fundraising levels given that he entered the race just over one month ago.

"I made three calls asking for money. That's really the extent of our fundraising, so 20,000 is really a pretty good showing," said Milne.

Milne says he has enough money on hand to accomplish his goals of building a robust field staff.

On the other hand, Shumlin has $1,077,000 now on hand, over  rolled over from previous fundraising.

GOP analyst Mike Smith admitted Milne has an uphill climb if he wants to hold Vermont's top public office.

"Obviously it is an uphill battle when you are going against an opponent with more than a million dollars and you have $20,000. The thing you have to realize is that money doesn't always win. Now I want to clarify that it is an uphill battle and we must remember it is an uphill battle," said Smith.

Shumlin has yet to formally enter the race, but his democratic cohorts are already crafting a plan to win in November. They say the key for them is keeping voter turnout high.

"We are building the party as much as possible. We are hiring more field staff, we are more organized than we have ever been and we have probably the most talented team with us that we have ever had," said Ben Sarle, Vermont Democratic Party.

Candidates will report their fundraising numbers again August 15.

The candidates will next report their fundraising August 15. Shumlin has spent $65,435 so far. The Milne campaign has yet to even spend $606. They say they have a plan in place to keep the campaign focused on jobs and what they call a lack of results from the Shumlin administration.

Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott of Berlin brought in $52,547 by the campaign finance report filing deadline on Tuesday.

Dean Corren of Burlington, a Progressive seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party to run against Scott, locked in $19,283. Corren has also qualified for public financing.

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