Republican candidate for governor John McKinney and his running mate, David Walker, said Wednesday afternoon they have met the threshold for the state’s public campaign financing system.
The candidates said they were notified by State Elections Enforcement Commission staff that they have provided the necessary documentation to qualify for public financing, though they will have to wait for formal approval until the commission meets on July 16.
The campaign intends to release its first TV ad in coming days. The ad, shot Monday, features just McKinney, though Walker is mentioned. A campaign spokeswoman said she expects it to air soon.
“We are pleased to announce the SEEC has notified us that our campaign has successfully submitted follow-up documentation that will allow us to qualify for citizen election grant funding,” the campaign stated in a press release. The campaign said it secured a total of $250,000 in contributions of $100 or less.
“While we have received notice that we have qualified, staff has informed us that our approval will be delayed until the July 16, 2014 meeting due to internal protocols. We have also received confirmation that we may expend funds immediately, subject to the overall grant cap and the required reimbursement rules. We intend, therefore, to commence our activities this week, as originally planned.”
Joshua Foley, staff attorney for the commission, said McKinney and Walker were informed by staff that their application for public financing is complete. However, Foley added, approval can only be granted by the commission, which decides whether a candidate’s application meets the threshold.
The commission is meeting tomorrow but the application submitted by McKinney and Walker won’t be acted upon until July 16.
McKinney’s Republican opponent in the Aug. 12 primary, Tom Foley, had previously qualified for public financing, as had Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy.
Foley began airing television ads this week.