Okay, we’re seeing all kinds of spending records broken in this gubernatorial cycle, whether independent expenditures or from $33 million in Connecticut taxpayers funds. You’re paying for it in some fashion. Is it worth it? Hmmm, what Bridgeport could do with an extra $33 million. From Greg Hladky, Hartford Courant.
State officials said Monday that public campaign financing awards to candidates for 2014 will total more than $33 million–a record amount for Connecticut’s taxpayer-funded election system.
According to records from the State Elections Enforcement Commission, nearly 290 different candidates have been approved for campaign financing grants for this election.
“80 percent or more of the candidates [running this year] are receiving public financing,” Joshua Foley, a spokesman for the commission, said Monday.
Sept. 17 was the deadline for awarding of the public campaign grants. Recipients of the final round of awards included the Republican candidate for attorney general, Kie Westby, 11 candidates for the state House and three state Senate candidates. Foley said his office is still totaling up exact numbers on the amounts awarded and the number of candidates who received awards.
The previous campaign finance record was set during the last statewide election in 2010 when approximately $29 million in public financing was handed out to candidates.
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