With one month to go before the state Republican convention, Sen. John McKinney is leading in the important fundraising race for governor.
McKinney had raised more than $178,000 in small contributions by the end of the first quarter on March 31. He was followed by Greenwich business executive Tom Foley at $131,000 and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton at $121,000.
The main candidates have said that they will be seeking public financing, which requires them to raise $250,000 in amounts up to a maximum of $100. As such, they need 2,500 contributors at $100 each. If the average falls below $100, then they would need more contributors – in a task that politicians say is far more difficult than it appears. If they reach the threshold, they would qualify for $6 million in public funds to run in the general election.
But Boughton considers his team as the fundraising leaders because he has combined with a lieutenant governor candidate, Heather Somers, to raise a combined $184,000 in qualified contributions toward the $250,000.
“Heather and I are on pace to qualify for the Citizens’ Election Program and wage a fully-funded effort to get Connecticut back on the right track,” Boughton said.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti was in fourth place at more than $110,000, while former West Hartford town council member Joseph Visconti and Avon attorney Martha Dean trailed at less than $9,000 each. Dean was the last candidate to enter the race, but she was among five candidates on the stage last week at the Mark Twain House in Hartford for the first major televised debate of the season. Continue reading