• Round one of Attorney General's fund-raising battle goes to Donovan
     | July 16,2012

    Round One of the fund-raising battle in the Democratic primary for attorney general goes to challenger TJ Donovan, who has raised $129,709 in his bid to unseat seven-term incumbent Bill Sorrell.
    The Donovan campaign celebrated the six-figure sum in a press release fired off to news outlets moments ago, saying the numbers “tell a story.”
    “Vermonters are ready for a change,” the release said. “After 15 years, it’s time for new leadership.”
    Sorrell has yet to file his fund-raising totals with the Secretary of State – tallies for state and local political candidates who have raised more than $500 are due by 5 p.m. this evening – but a campaign aide says the incumbent will come in “just south of $100,000.”
    “We’re very excited because this means we’re very, very capable of running the type of campaign we want to run,” Sorrell campaign staffer Mike Pieciak said this morning.
    Donovan’s considerable edge on the fund-raising front marks the latest surge from a candidate who, according to a poll conducted in mid-May, once trailed Sorrell by 26 percentage points.
    Donovan has since won a slew of endorsements from organized labor, including nods from state employees, troopers, firefighters and the AFL-CIO.
    Donovan’s war chest comes from 678 individual donors, and he has more than $88,000 cash on hand.
    “To have this much momentum in a primary against a 15-year incumbent is remarkable,” said the release from the Donovan campaign. “The extraordinary fund-raising success of this young campaign, less than four months old, speaks to the extent to which Vermonters are ready for more out of the Office of Attorney General.

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