Connecticut Governor Releases 4 Years of Tax Returns; Cleared of Donation Violations

In addition to the donations from the DGA, Connecticut Forward has received $900,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, $250,000 from AFT Solidarity and $125,000 from the Service Employees International Union, according to SEEC documents.

Grow Connecticut, however, has spent less money so far in the race, but has spread out their funds with different content producers. The group spent $40,475 in anti-Malloy TV advertising with Chris Motiola Consulting on Sept. 19, according to their SEEC filing from that day. The filing lists two TV ad buys with California’s Target Enterprises. Both were paid on Sept. 11, one in the amount of $328,180 and the other for $5,392,330.

Another payment on Sept. 11 by the group was used for Internet ads. Grow Connecticut paid Virginia-based IMGE $52,500 for the campaign.

The candidates also have access to public financing money due to the campaign finance changes. The program requires candidates to raise $25,000 in donations of $100 or less from individuals in order to qualify. Both Malloy and Foley have received $6.2 million from the program.

Despite not being a major-party candidate and not having the backing of major PACs or influential powerhouses such as the RGA and DGA, Visconti will forgo accepting taxpayer funds for his campaign, according to his spokesperson Jeff Weiss. Weiss said Visconti has held steadfast in that position “for years” and that he supports repealing the campaign finance laws.

“This year in Connecticut, taxpayers will subsidize election campaigns with nearly $40 million,” Weiss said in an email. “If the law mandating these expenditures were repealed this money could be better used for programs such as social services for the disabled or elderly.”