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Q4 CT-Gov. Fundraising Update: How 18 Real and Potential Candidates Did in 2017

January 11, 2018 By Staff
Q4 CT-Gov. Fundraising Update: How 18 Real and Potential Candidates Did in 2017

The race for governor has led to least 18 candidates, some declared and some exploring, to raise tens of thousands of dollars from donors.

Need evidence that the Connecticut gubernatorial race will be a heated one? Look no further than 2017’s fundraising numbers.

No less than 18 candidates – 11 Republicans, six Democrats, and one independent – raised at least $13,000 in 2017, and 15 of those 18 candidates raised at least $113,000.

According to the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP), candidates have to raise at least $250,000 from individuals (and a minimum of $225,000 from in-state contributions), to qualify for public election grants, totaling $1.25 million in the primary and up to $6 million in the general election.

At least four candidates, all Republicans, hit, or claim to have hit, the CEP goal: State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury), Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton), Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), and Dave Walker. The campaign of Tim Herbst said on Thursday that it’s close to the CEP threshold, having raised $217,000 so far.

Here are the fundraising totals, sorted by party and then cash on hand, for all 18 candidates who have raised at least five figures.

REPUBLICANS

DEMOCRATS

  • Luke Bronin: $113K in Q4, $113K overall, $101K cash on hand (11/27/17 through 12/31/17 only)
  • Joe Ganim: $52K in Q4, $199K overall, $99K cash on hand
  • Susan Bysiewicz: $105K in Q4, $146K overall, $90K cash on hand
  • Dita Bhargava: $71K in Q4, $124K overall, $48K cash on hand
  • Jonathan Harris: $62K in Q4, $233K overall, $36K cash on hand
  • Dan Drew: $37K in Q4, $91K overall, $8K cash on hand

INDEPENDENTS

  • Oz Griebel: $13K in Q4, $13K overall, $13K cash on hand (12/11/17 to 12/31/17 only)

It’s looking like cash on hand may be a problem for the Democratic candidates. Nine Republican candidates have more cash on hand than the top Democratic candidate, Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford). Bronin, though, just jumped in the race last month, and may be a campaign threat despite the spectre of bankruptcy looming over his city.