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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Opinion
Walters: Hallquist Leaps Forward in Fundraising

Posted By on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Christine Hallquist - FILE: TAYLOR DOBBS
  • File: Taylor Dobbs
  • Christine Hallquist
Christine Hallquist's victory in the August 14 Democratic gubernatorial primary brought a flood of national — and global — attention to her candidacy. That night, she became the first openly transgender candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor. The resultant publicity is making the money flow as never before.

September 1 marked another campaign finance reporting deadline for Vermont candidates. Between August 15 and September 1, a little more than two weeks' time, Hallquist raised more than $71,000. That's nearly half her total for the preceding five months of campaigning. And a Friday campaign press release boasted that Hallquist had received at least one donation from every state in the union.

It was a welcome boost, since she exited the primary with essentially no money in the bank. Even so, she spent almost as much in late August as she raised, and enters September with roughly $14,000 in cash on hand.

Her opponent, Gov. Phil Scott, continued to fundraise at a rather leisurely pace. His total for the second half of August was $41,000 — and he spent a bit more than that. He has about $50,000 in cash on hand, plus another $18,000 left over from his 2016 campaign.

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