$3.8 Million and Counting in Fifth District Congressional Race

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Congressional candidates submitted their latest campaign finance reports tonight, and in the hotly contested Fifth District, Democrat Elizabeth Esty has  raised twice as much – and spent three times as much – as her Republican opponent, Andrew Roraback.

But with the election just a few weeks away, Roraback has a slight edge in cash, with a little more than $300,000 in the war chest, while Esty lags about $25,000 behind.

In addition to nearly $2 million in individual contributions, Esty has chipped in more than half a million dollars of her own money. And Roraback has now dipped into his own till as well, reporting a far more modest $25,000 personal loan.

After winning their respective primaries, both candidates saw a huge jump in contributions from PACs, national political parties and other organizations, with each reporting more than $125,000 in new donations from such groups.

On the spending side, Esty has written more than $1 million in checks since July 26 – far outpacing Roraback’s $387,000 during the same time period. Esty spent nearly $800,000 on advertising buys and nearly $200,000 on mail services. – nearly five times what Roraback spent on ad-related expenses.

The chart below gives a summary of donations and loans to each campaign, as well as how much cash each candidate has spent and how much each still has in the bank. These figures are as of September 30, the closing date for the most recent filing.

Click either of the photographs below the chart for searchable and sortable databases of donations to that candidate, including all PAC contributions and all individual contributions from people who have given at least $200. And if you find something interesting in the data, drop us an email at thescoop@courant.com.

 Click the photos below to see individual and PAC donations to each candidate


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