by Jennifer Swift
Jan 27, 2014
03:36 PMConnecticut Politics
John McKinney's Camp Hails Huge Fundraising Lead
John McKinney's campaign for governor is touting the massive fundraising lead that the senate minority leader has built over rivals for the Republican nomination.
Though candidates filed their campaign finance two weeks ago, the McKinney for Governor campaign sent out a graph to show how far McKinney leads competitors in both donations and donors.
McKinney is aiming to qualify for the citizen’s election program and therefore has to raise $250,000 from at least 2,500 individual donors in contributions of $100 or less. By Dec. 31 he had raised $134,167 from 1,485 donors.
Comparatively, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who formally entered the race on Jan. 7 has $29,453 raised. Because of McKinney’s status as a declared candidate, he has only been able to collect funds in line with the citizen’s election program rules.
Candidates such as Foley who have not formally entered the race can collect donations of up to $375 per person and still be eligible for public financing. Candidates who have formally declared can only collect up to $100 from each donor.John McKinney's Camp Hails Huge Fundraising Lead