WASHINGTON — Scott D’Amboise, one of two tea party-affiliated challengers to Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, raised nearly $223,000 during the third quarter of this year and had about $182,000 as of Sept. 30, his campaign reports.

That gives D’Amboise, a health care technician and small business owner from Lisbon Falls, just a fraction of the money that Snowe has for next year’s GOP primary campaign as she seeks her fourth term in the Senate.

Snowe had more than $3.2 million as of Sept. 30, after taking in more than $792,000, according to her campaign finance report.

The deadline for filing Senate campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission was midnight Saturday.

The D’Amboise campaign reports that it raised $222,845 during the third quarter, more than the roughly $142,000 it collected during the second quarter. The campaign spent $152,003 and had $182,020 on hand at the end of the third quarter.

Tyler Harber, a D’Amboise campaign consultant, said D’Amboise doesn’t need as much money as Snowe to win over GOP primary voters. D’Amboise says Snowe is not conservative enough to deserve Republican primary votes.

Snowe also is being challenged from the right by Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell, a tea-party movement candidate who has not yet raised enough money to require a campaign finance report.

Two Maine Democrats, state Rep. Jon Hinck of Portland and former Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap of Old Town, are contemplating running against Snowe in the 2012 general election.

Jonathan Riskind — 791-6280

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