The Connecticut Democratic party had $112,606 in its state campaign account at the end of the fourth quarter, according to a report filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
The party’s state central committee raised $107,360 in the three-month period that ended on Dec. 31. The Democrats have been aggressively raising campaign cash to help its slate of candidates running in the 2014 elections. While Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy has not formally announced that he is seeking reelection, most observers expect him to run.
Some of the party’s big donors include:
Stephen Silberstein of Belvedere, Calif., who founded a software company and has been a major contributor to Democratic candidates and causes in his home state.
Christopher Gabrieli of Boston, a venture capitalist who founded an institute that advocates for a longer school day. Gabrieli also made an unsuccessful run for governor of Massachusetts in 2006.
Tonio Burgos, a New York consultant who is a close adviser to — and top fundraiser for — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and served in the administration of his father, Mario Cuomo. Burgos also raised money for the Democratic Governors Association. Burgos gave the party two donations in the 4th quarter of 2013 — $10,000 on Oct. 22 and $7,500 on Oct. 30. The $10,000 contribution was among four later refunded.
Cheryl Chase of West Hartford, the executive vice president and general counsel of Chase Enterprises, a private holding company. Chase’s husband, Stuart Bear, is judge on the state appellate court. Chase is a trustee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and a member of the UConn Health Center’s board of directors.
Nicholas Perricone of Madison, a dermatologist and nutritionist who has written books on weight loss.
In addition to the donation by Burgos, the Democrats also returned three $10,000 contributions to Edward Snider, Bradford Evans and John Fish. The party had previously said it was returning the donation from Snider, chairman of Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor. A subsidiary of the company won the contract to manage the XL Center in Hartford, which makes Snider a state contractor and it’s illegal for state contractors to give money political parties’ state PAC accounts.
It is unclear why the Democrats refunded the donations made by Burgos, Evans, an executive at Morgan Stanley, and Fish, the CEO of a large, Boston-based construction firm.
On the spending side of the ledger, the clear winner was Global Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm with close ties to Malloy. A top Malloy adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, is a principal with the firm, which was paid more than $50,000 by the Democratic party during the three-months covered by the filing period.
The party also gave $2,500 to the campaign of New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.