Mills outraises LePage in latest campaign donation period

The Monitor’s data visualization provides a deeper look at the donations to the Democratic incumbent and her Republican challenger.
composite photo of paul lepage and janet mills
Composite image; original photos from Facebook (LePage) and Yoon S. Byun (Mills).

Governor Janet Mills widened her fundraising lead over Paul LePage in the past several weeks, amassing a total of $3.8 million compared with just under $1.8 million for the Republican challenger, according to reports filed Tuesday.

Mills, the Democratic incumbent seeking a second term, had about $2.7-million on hand compared with about $1.1-million on hand for LePage, the former two-term governor who is seeking a return to the office.

She raised about $604,000 in the 42 days ending July 19, and he raised $312,000 in that period. 

Mills, who was elected in 2018, has emphasized abortion rights and a $850 tax refund delivered to Mainers this summer as she seeks re-election. LePage, who left office in 2018 after two tumultuous terms, has stressed inflation and the economy in his campaign. He has sought to avoid questions about abortion rights and his previous alliance with President Trump.

A number of donors have given the maximum of $3,450 to LePage or Mills, a review of campaign finance reports shows. That includes former Google and Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt for Mills and liquor magnate Paul Coulombe and his wife Giselaine Coulombe for LePage.

Among the notable contributors: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave Mills $1,725.

Outside fundraising groups are also expected to spend in the campaign. 

Below are charts tracking campaign fundraising for Mills and LePage.




Darren Fishell

Darren Fishell is a data visualization specialist and investigative reporter based in Portland. He previously worked as an investigative reporter and business reporter at the Bangor Daily News, where he specialized in energy issues.
Previous Post
Former Maine Governor Paul LePage stands at a podium with microphones during a press conference.

LePage said lawyers should have made sure they weren’t being recorded by Maine jails

Next Post
Branches of trees in a Maine forest, some with leaves and some baren.

Can’t save the forest for the trees: Confronting the loss of species that define Maine woodlands

The Maine Monitor has five newsletters to keep you informed about Maine.