Updated: Follow the Money in the Race for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District

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As we did a month ago, The Scoop is helping you follow the money in the crowded race for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District. With two weeks to go before Democratic and Republican primaries, all seven active candidates have filed updated financial disclosure forms, showing that through July 25, they have collectively raised (or personally loaned) nearly $9.5 million.

Four candidates – Democrats Elizabeth Esty and Dan Roberti, and Republicans Mark Greenberg and Lisa Wilson-Foley – have each loaned their campaigns at least half a million dollars, with Greenberg’s personal investment approaching $1.4 million.

Esty has collected the most in individual donations, and has a commanding lead in the amount of cash on hand, with twice as much money in the bank as any other candidate except Greenberg.

Democrat Chris Donovan still has an overwhelming lead in money raised from political action committees and party organizations, with nearly twice as much PAC money as the other six candidates combined.

While there’s natural interest in how much each campaign is bringing in, observers were eager to see if this round of filings would reveal how much one particular campaign had spent on one particular expense. Earlier this summer, Donovan hired former U.S. Attorney Stan Twardy to conduct an internal investigation after Donovan campaign staffers were caught allegedly seeking contributions in exchange for Donovan’s help in killing legislation. The report, which found no evidence that Donovan was aware of the scheme, was estimated by some to have cost the campaign as much as $250,000. If true, that would represent two-thirds of Donovan’s cash-on-hand. But the real cost will remain a mystery for now; today’s filing does not include payments made to Twardy’s firm.

The chart below gives a summary of donations and loans to each campaign, as well as how much cash each candidate still has in the bank. These figures are as of July 25, the closing date for the most recent filing. Be aware that four days later — last Sunday – Wlison-Foley loaned her campaign an additional $100,000.

Click any 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 that candidate

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8 thoughts on “Updated: Follow the Money in the Race for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District

  1. Herman from Hartford

    Wow. Esty is a financial powerhouse. Lots of 2500 contributions and the money is coming in from all states. Big Question – Will she be able to overtake Donovan on the 14th? She has the money but will there be enough votes?

  2. Anderson Scooper

    Hi Matt, don’t you need another column for Super-PAC money?

    @Herman —

    Esty is pretty clearly more a No Labels candidate, representing corporate America, — than she is a real Democrat. Lots of Yale and Harvard buddies ponying up, with 80% plus coming from out-of-state.

    1. Herman from Hartford

      @Anderson Scooper

      Thanks for the clarification. It will be interesting to see if Donovan massive voting clan can overtake his campaign misstep. What are your thoughts?

  3. Bob Fortier

    Seems Donovan gets most of his support from PAC and unions. The disqualifies him in my book immediately. We need someone who has the support of the people for a change. Donovan is just a political cronie hack relying on union support, whci he will reward handsomely if elected. Wake up People!

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