The battle over campaign money is heating up in Connecticut.
One of the most prominent new political action committees has been created by Greenwich resident Len Tannenbaum, a highly successful investor who has invited top Republicans to his home for a major fundraiser. Tickets to the VIP reception next month are $5,000 each, and the attendees can meet former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, wrestling entrepreneur Linda McMahon, Congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass of New Hampshire all on the same night. Republican Congressional candidates Mark Greenberg, Justin Bernier, and Chris Meek are all on the list for the Greenwich fundraiser.
In reaction to the Republican efforts, a new Democratic super PAC has been created to help those seeking t0 hold their Congressional seats.
The committee, known as Progress Connecticut, is seeking to “raise unlimited donations from individuals, corporations, and labor organizations in connection with the November federal election.”
“Progress Connecticut intends to serve as a counterweight to the millions of dollars spent by outside Republican groups to attack Democratic candidates for Congress in Connecticut,” the group said.
Longtime Hartford political activist Matthew J. Hennessy will be involved in fundraising and communications for the committee. He is aware of two Super PACs that are intending to help Republicans this fall.
“This is the Democratic response,” Hennessy told Capitol Watch. “This is the challenge that a Democratic Super PAC in Connecticut faces. We’re going to have to work hard.”
“National observers have made the mistake of writing off Connecticut as a state that will easily return a Democratic delegation to Congress,” Hennessy said. “With a volatile public mood, multi-millionaire Republican candidates and unlimited funds pouring in from outside conservative groups, one or more seats could be at risk.”