Democrat House Speaker Chris Donovan and Republican Justin Bernier led their parties in fundraising over the third quarter for the 5th Congressional District race, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend.
Donovan’s campaign saw $261,258 in contributions during the quarter and he had $386,729 in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. Dan Roberti followed him on the Democratic side with $209,715 raised since July. His campaign had $453,809 in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period. With $474,899, Elizabeth Esty had the most cash on hand among Democrats. She raised $200,002 during the quarter. Mike Williams trailed in the Democratic field, raising $30,932 with $31,962 in the bank.
On the Republican side Bernier led, raising $160,341 during this latest quarter. His campaign had $191,216 in cash on hand. Mark Greenberg raised $90,618 and had $100,283 in cash on hand. Mike Clark trailed the Republican pack, raising $27,594 but he has $107,956 in cash on hand.
Lisa Wilson-Foley led Republicans in cash on hand. She had $447,031. During the quarter she raised $110,849 and loaned her campaign $100,000. Foley lent her campaign a total of $300,000 as of Sept. 30 and late Monday afternoon claimed she was the fundraising leader. But that’s only if you add the $300,000 she loaned her campaign. When comparing actual fundraising numbers Bernier lead the quarter raising $160,341 to Wilson-Foley‘s $110,849.
The quarter represented a slow in contributions for most campaigns. Only Donovan and Bernier saw higher donations than the previous quarter. Bernier’s contributions were about $20,000 more than his previous filings. Meanwhile, Donovan’s increased by about $18,000 from quarter two.
By contrast Roberti, who led the second quarter in fundraising among Democrats with $300,716 raised $91,000 less during the third. Esty’s contributions dropped by about $50,000 from her previous filing. Williams raised about $60,000 less.
Contributions to Republican candidates also declined. Clark and Wilson-Foley dropped off significantly, each raising more than $90,000 less than they had reported in the previous quarter. Greenberg’s campaign raised about $18,000 less than quarter two.