Foley & McKinney Are In The Fundraising The Lead
(Updated Saturday 1:14 p.m.) The campaign finance reports aren’t officially due until midnight, so it’s difficult to say which Republican gubernatorial candidate has taken the lead, but Sen. John McKinney and Tom Foley have both raised more than $100,000.
According to his report filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, McKinney raised $101,080 from 1,109 individuals. That brings his fundraising total to $134,167. He will have to raise $250,000 in donations in order to get the matching grant from the state, which is $1.25 million for the primary.
Foley, the 2010 Republican nominee, whose report didn’t show up on the state website until Saturday raised $101,261, bringing his total up to $131,827. Foley largely self-financed his 2010 campaign to the tune of more than $10 million, but is considering using the state’s public finance system this year.
McKinney’s donations, totaling no more than $100 per individual, were raised at fundraising events held at homes from Westport to Wethersfield, in addition to some bigger ticket fundraisers at the Greenwich Country Club and Zandri’s Stillwater Inn.
McKinney also paid more than $22,000 to Tusk Productions of New Jersey. The firm, headed by Alexandra “Ali” Almour, boasts that she recently consulted for former state Sen. Dan Debicella’s congressional race against U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. She also served as finance director for former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons’ 2010 failed U.S. Senate campaign.
McKinney’s campaign bragged in a press release that the fundraising totals are even more impressive because until this week most of his opponents were still exploring a run for governor, which allows them to raise $375 per donor, instead of the $100 per donor maximum.
Danbury Mayor Boughton, who just officially jumped into the race this week, raised $39,069 during the fourth quarter bringing his total fundraising total up to $53,614, according to documents emailed late Friday.
Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton, who is still exploring a run for governor, raised $37,060 in the fourth quarter of 2013. That brings her total up to $66,659. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who just announced his candidacy, raised $1,200.
Joseph Visconti of West Hartford reported having raised $805 in the fourth quarter of 2013, while Gordon Ward of Manchester has yet to report his totals.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has not said whether he will seek a second term, but in the meantime he’s been aggressively raising money for the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has yet to report its fundraising total for the fourth quarter, which is expected to include the fundraising trip to California in October.
McKinney has criticized Malloy’s meeting with a state contractor during that trip. Malloy has said he didn’t solicit money from Lenny Mendonca, whose company has received millions from the University of Connecticut and the state Office of Healthcare Advocate. The Democratic Party recently had to return a $10,000 check when it was pointed out that the donor was a state contractor.