Esty\’s 2014 War Chest Grows

by Categorized: Dan Esty, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Mark Greenberg, Uncategorized Date:

Freshman U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty raised more than a quarter million dollars in the second quarter of 2013, bringing the 5th District Democrat\’s total campaign balance to nearly $400,000, according to her latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.


Fueled by contributions from political action committees and donors from outside the district, the Democrat\’s war chest dwarfs that of her chief Republican opponent, Mark Greenberg, who received about $60,000 in contributions in that same three-month span. Greenberg also loaned his campaign $35,000. A third contender for the seat, Sal Stephen Ross Lilienthal, did not submit a report.

Up for reelection in 2014, Esty brought in $289,385 during the filing period, which covered the months of April, May and June.

Greenberg raised $59,156. As he did in his unsuccessful 2012 bid, the Litchfield County businessman supplemented his fundraising with loans.

The 5th District swings from the Farmington Valley to the northern edge of Fairfield County and includes the cities of New Britain, Meriden and a slice of Waterbury. The district is widely seen as the state\’s most competitive–Esty won in 2012 after a bruising three-way primary and an intense and expensive general election campaign against former state Sen. Andrew Roraback.

This time around, Roraback won\’t be mounting a challenge: he was recently appointed a Superior Court judge by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Other Republicans rumored to be contemplating a run include state Rep. John Piscopo and state Sen. Rob Kane.

As she gears up for 2014, Esty has drawn contributions from a wide geographic range: Only about half of her individual donors live in the 5th District. The rest hail from California, Georgia, Massachusetts and New York as well as Greenwich and New Haven, among other places.

In the past, she has come under fire for accepting money from executives and lobbyists with Northeast Utilities and other companies that have business before the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which is led by Esty\’s husband, Daniel C. Esty. Her second quarter filings show she gave back $4,500 in contributions after the Courant\’s Jon Lender raised questions about a potential conflict of interest.

Esty filings show a heavy reliance on political action committees: she received nearly $74,000 from PACs. (Greenberg did not accept any PAC contributions, according to his filing.)

The list of PACs giving money includes many traditional liberal and women\’s rights groups as well as PACs controlled by Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. A partial list can be found after the jump.

Political Action Committees that gave money to Esty:

American Association for Justice PAC (trial lawyers), $1,500

American Road and Transportation Builders PAC, $1,000

AmeriPAC, the fund for a greater America, (Steny Hoyer), $5,000

Becton Dickinson and Co. PAC (a medical technology company with an office in Canaan), $1,000

Delta Airlines PAC, $500

The Coca-Cola Company Nonpartisan Committee for Good Government, $2,500

Engineers Political Education Committee/International Union of Operating Engineers, $5,000

Human Rights Campaign, $2,500

International Association of Firefighters, $2,500

Nancy Pelosi, $2,000

NARAL, $2,500

ROCKPAC (the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association), $5,000

NEA Fund for Children and Public Education (teacher\’s union), $1,000

Planned Parenthood Action Fund, $1,000

American Congress of Ob/Gyns, $1,000

The New Democrat Coalition Political Action Committee, $5,000

Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO Political Action Committee, $500

Tri State Maxed Out Women, $2,500

The United Food and Commerical Workers Union PAC, $5,000


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One thought on “Esty\’s 2014 War Chest Grows

  1. GOP Realist

    Greenberg should save his money. He is unelectable. With his primary antics in 2010 he cost Sam Caliguiri the seat. In 2012 he cost Roraback the seat. In 2014 if he is the nominee he will have the dubious distinction of personally costing the party a seat three times. A guaranteed three time loser!

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