Michaud leads Levesque in fundraising


LEWISTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat running for re-election in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, continues to lead his Republican opponent, Jason Levesque of Auburn, in fundraising, according to the most recent federal finance reports, filed Thursday.

Michaud, who is running for his fifth term, raised about $106,000 during this year’s first-quarter fundraising period, according to his report filed with the Federal Election Commission. He spent about $51,000 during that same period.

Most of the money raised by Michaud, about $65,000, came from political action committees, according to the report. He has about $575,000 in cash on hand.

“We are proud of our continued fundraising success,” Michaud campaign spokesman Greg Olson said in a prepared statement. “This past quarter we’ve seen a definite spike in the number of small donors contributing to the congressman’s re-election.”

According to the filing, Michaud received $15,000 in contributions that were less than $200 each.

Levesque raised about $36,000 from more than 300 donors in the first quarter of 2010, according to his campaign. He spent about that amount during the same period, according to his FEC filing. Most of Levesque’s money during the first quarter of 2010 was collected from Mainers.

Levesque has about $19,000 in cash on hand, according to the most recent filing. That’s about $4,000 more than he had at the end of the previous quarter. He has loaned his campaign $16,000 since he began running.

“We can’t just raise money to bank and spend it in the last 60 days,” Levesque said in an interview Thursday. “This is an ongoing campaign that requires us to be constantly advertising.”

Most of Levesque’s spending during the first three months of the year, about $29,000, was on staff, fundraising and media consultants, according to the report.

Levesque said he had just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with officials from the National Republican Congressional Committee and other Republican hopefuls.

“We’re already getting a lot of support from the national committee, a lot of intelligence,” he said, adding that decisions about financial support from the national level would be put off for a while.

“That’s yet to be determined,” Levesque said. “They don’t make those calls until, really, the national scene starts to shake out a bit with primaries.”

But he’s optimistic about the direction of the campaign.

“I don’t think this is a daunting task,” he said. “I think this is going kind of on schedule.”

Voters in the 2nd district — which includes Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties — will decide in November whether to send Michaud or Levesque to represent them in Congress.

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