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
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