Reports give details of funding for Connecticut secretary of state racing

Dominic Rapini, a Republican with a history of feuding with the state’s Election Compliance Commission, became the first candidate to benefit from its generous public funding package in the tight race to succeed the incumbent secretary of state. Denise Merrill.

Rapini received nearly half a million dollars in public funding for his primary campaign on June 7, part of a total of $575,332 that put his campaign ahead of all other challengers for office, according to the latest. series of published campaign finance reports. In Monday.

Of the eight candidates vying for the position, Rapini was the only one to qualify for Connecticut‘s Citizens’ Election Program in the second quarter that ended June 30. State Representative Stephanie Thomas, D-Norwalk, reached the public funding threshold earlier this month and is awaiting her initial grant, she said Monday.

For statewide offices outside the governorate, candidates participating in the public funding program are eligible to receive $484,125 in the primary and an additional grant of up to $968,250 in the general election. .

Both major parties have fielded a competitive primary field in the race for secretary of state, one of two statewide constitutional offices will have primaries in August, along with treasurer.

In the Republican primary, Rapini faces State Representative Terrie Wood of Darien and political activist Brock Weber of New Britain. On the Democratic side, Thomas is competing with New Haven Public Health Director Maritza Bond.

Rapini, a first-time candidate who won his party’s endorsement at his May convention, said his early qualification for public funding allowed him to build a staff and start running digital ads and radio before primary school.

“It gives us at least a seven-week advantage in terms of creating name identification, building a ground game, which for us is substantial,” Rapini said.

According to the latest filings, Rapini ended the second quarter with $387,540 in cash, followed by Wood with $29,443, Thomas with $24,965, Weber with $1,074 and Bond with negative $3,875.

Thomas, who won the Democratic Party’s endorsement in May, brought in the most overall contributions with $96,834 in total, including $35,036 in the second quarter. With an influx of public funding expected in the coming days, Thomas said his campaign is on solid footing – and is attracting more attention as public attention increasingly turns to voting rights issues. and elections.

“When I go out people know who I am and there are a lot of smiling faces, nodding, which I consider a good sign,” Thomas said.

Bond said he raised $34,316 in the last quarter, and his campaign raised a total of $46,001, about half the amount needed to qualify for public funding. Bond told Hearst on Monday that she plans to participate in the crowdfunding program.

On the Republican side, Wood said he collected about $35,585 in contributions during the second quarter (his latest filing also included contributions made through July 10), bringing his total receipts to $91,450. Weber said he raised $36,382 during the quarter, out of a total of $89,750.

Rapini, who said he hit the public funding threshold in April, said he received $8,625 in individual contributions in the last quarter.

Wood said his campaign reached the threshold to be eligible for public funding last month and is awaiting official word on their application from SEEC. If approved, she would become the third applicant in the race to qualify for funding. Weber also indicated that he plans to participate in the public financing.

“The answer [from voters] has been very positive, they want common sense and we represent common sense leadership,” Wood said Monday.

In addition to candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties, minor party candidates vying for Secretary of State include Cynthia Jennings of the Independent Party, Douglas Lary of the Green Party and Harold Harris of the Libertarian Party.

Jennings was the only minor party candidate whose second-quarter campaign finance report was available Monday. She said she raised $4,920 during the quarter, for a total of $6,620. She has $1,395 available.

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