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First Statewide Fundraising Numbers Roll In

January 11, 2017 By Staff
First Statewide Fundraising Numbers Roll In

Three candidates who are considering runs for statewide office reported their fourth quarter fundraising numbers this week.

Three candidates considering statewide runs for office – including, possibly, the governorship – reported their latest fundraising this week.

Attorney Peter Lumaj raised some eyebrows with a $105,000 haul in the fourth quarter. However, less than 11 percent of his contributions (around $11,000) came from in-state.

The Danbury News-Times explains how this could be a problem for Lumaj:

To qualify for public campaign grants of $1.3 million for the GOP primary and $6 million for the general election, the candidates must raise $250,000 in small amounts by the 2018 deadline.

That means that campaign contributions over $100 are disqualified. A second condition is that 90 percent of the contributions must come from Connecticut residents.

…An unofficial analysis of [Lumaj’s] contributions for the final quarter of 2016 show that 235 of his 565 contributions are more than $100.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton raised $26,630, though that’s over just a few weeks (Boughton “filed right before Thanksgiving,” which ran into two holiday seasons.) Ninety-five percent of Boughton’s donors came from in Connecticut.

In an exclusive statement to Reclaim Connecticut, Boughton’s senior strategist, John Kleinhans, said:

“We’re focused on building an infrastructure across the entire state of Connecticut. In the first 3 and 1/2 weeks of our exploratory we received 287 contributions of 100 dollars or less from 70 different communities. It’s clear that Connecticut is ready for a comeback and we’re looking forward to continuing to build a robust organization.”

The third candidate considering a statewide run, Tony Hwang, raised only $13,000.

Fundraising is a key metric for all three candidates heading into 2017, and fundraising strength within the state is particularly important for the public campaign grants needed to compete.

UPDATE: An observant reader pointed out that Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, who is running for governor, raised $12,786 in the fourth quarter of 2016.