GOP gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne has had substantial fundraising success in the early part of the primary cycle, according to his campaign.
Ovide’s campaign spokesman told John DiStaso’s Granite Status late last week that as of his official filing for governor on Thursday, he had raised more than $910,000 from more than 1,500 donors, with 88 percent of the donors from New Hampshire. Ovide’s haul exceeds last cycle’s Republican nominee, John Stephen, who had raised $665,000 in June of 2010.
The Lamontagne campaign said it has spent money only to set up a campaign infrastructure and has “well over a half-million dollars” on hand. NH Journal spoke to several Granite State political insiders, who agreed that Ovide’s number is solid, but pointed out that a substantial portion of the funds may be earmarked for the General Election and therefore not available for use until and unless Ovide wins the September Primary.
Primary rival Kevin Smith has not disclosed any fundraising data to date, but New Hampshire candidate committees are not required to make their initial filings until Aug. 22.