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UPDATE…The Race to Replace Malloy: First 2017 Fundraising Numbers Pour In

April 11, 2017 By Staff
UPDATE…The Race to Replace Malloy: First 2017 Fundraising Numbers Pour In

In the crowded and growing field for the 2018 gubernatorial race, Reclaim Connecticut has you covered on fundraising numbers around the state.

The field to replace Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) in 2018 is growing by the month. As of April, six Republicans are running, or exploring a run, for governor. One Democrat, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, is also exploring a statewide campaign.

This week, candidates began to report their fundraising hauls for the first quarter of the year. In order to qualify for millions in public campaign funds, gubernatorial candidates have to raise $250,000, and 90 percent of the funds ($225,000) have to come from Connecticut residents.

Reclaim CT will aggregate these totals as they come in, in alphabetical order by last name of the candidate:

MARK BOUGHTON (Republican)

Total: $91K (part of December, and Q1 2017)

Key stats: According to the mayor’s exploratory committee, Mayor Boughton (R-Danbury) earned contributions from more than 1,000 individuals in at least 125 of Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities.

DAN DREW (Democrat)

Total: $105K (Q1 2017)

Key stats: The young Democrat earned contributions from more than 1,000 individuals in 111 of Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities, according to the Middletown Press. Malloy has not announced if he’s running again, setting up a potential Democratic primary if Mayor Drew (D-Middletown) stays in.

TIM HERBST (Republican)

Total: $83K (Q1 2017)

Key stats: The Trumbull first selectman raised his funds from “935 unique individual donors,” according to the Trumbull Patch.

TONY HWANG (Republican)

Total: $14K (end of 2015, 2016, and Q1 2017)

Key stats: The state senator has been in the race longer than any other candidate exploring a statewide run, at 17 months. Will slow and steady win the race for Hwang?

PETER LUMAJ (Republican)

Total: $206K (part of 2016, Q1 2017)

Key stats: #1? Lumaj held the fundraising lead as of the end of 2016, and is poised to maintain that lead for the time being. Many of his contributions from the fourth quarter came from out of state, but he is approaching the first requirement to qualify for public funding: the $250K mark.

STEVE OBSITNIK (Republican)

Total: $109K (Q1 2017)

Key stats: Obsitnik entered the race in January. He joins Drew and Herbst as candidates that jumped in this year.

PRASAD SRINIVASAN (Republican)

Total: $138K (part of December, and Q1 2017)

Key stats: State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan “surpris[ed] some insiders” with a $126K filing for the first three months of 2017. Will he keep up in the second quarter?