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Merrill Becomes First To Qualify

by | Jun 4, 2014 10:38pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Election 2014

CTNJ file photo Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who announced her re-election bid in December, became the first statewide candidate to qualify for public financing in 2014.

On Wednesday, the State Elections Enforcement Commission approved grants for Merrill and six legislative candidates. Merrill raised $75,000 in small qualifying contributions and will receive a general election grant of $812,550. Merrill ran unopposed for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and one of his three Republican challengers, Tom Foley, claim to have raised the necessary $250,000 in small donations to qualify, but the SEEC still needs to audit their donations before approving the money. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo also claims to have raised the $75,000 in small contributions, but has not received the grant.

The other six candidates who received their grants Wednesday included Reps. Joe Aresimowicz, Mary Fritz, Gregory Haddad, and Matthew Ritter. Republican candidates Cynthia Cartier from Guilford and Gayle Mulligan from Hebron also qualified.

Last week, the first grants were awarded to state Reps. Tim Ackert, David Baram, Robert Sampson, and Melissa Zionbron. Candidates Joseph Polletta, Mary Stone, and Emily Wilson received grants for their state representative races. Sen. Bob Duff of Norwalk was the first state senator to receive a grant.

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posted by: Tim McKee | June 5, 2014  10:05am

I think Lembo was the first… but too bad she supports and defend the unfair practices against third party and independent candidates! Hundred of thousand of signatures for one third the money!! What a disgrace she supports!! She should REFORM the system and should DEBATE her opponents on radio and tv which she did not do last time!!

posted by: Christine Stuart | June 5, 2014  10:59am

Christine Stuart

I know it feels as if Lembo was the first to qualify, but he has not received the grant. He has turned in his paperwork and raised the $75k, however, Merrill beat him to it according to the SEEC.

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | June 6, 2014  12:41am


I’m thinking she supports the law, passed by the 2 major parties to keep the competition at bay.

Want the law changed? Contact your local legislators and those in power in each chamber.


posted by: One and Done | June 6, 2014  10:29am

The fact the SEEC reports to her sure doesn’t hurt her cause here.

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