Candidate Filings Only Part of Election Money Picture in New Hampshire

Aug 22, 2012

The candidates for governor are touting their fundraising ahead of Wednesday's midnight deadline to submit campaign finance.

What we know so far: Republican Ovide Lamontagne says his campaign raised about $1.2 million dollars. Democrat Maggie Hassan, $930,000; Democrat Jackie Cilley about $281 thousand dollars. No word as of Wednesday afternoon from Republican Kevin Smith.

That's what we know; but there’s a lot we don’t know about campaign money. And many election observers say a lot of campaign money won’t ever show up in candidate reports anyway.

NHPR correspondent Brian Wallstin has been looking into the state’s campaign finance laws as part of the State Integrity Investigation.  He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to explain.