UPDATE: Ganim finance report here. This capricious gubernatorial cycle may land two high-profile candidates soon in former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and 2010 Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont who lost a primary to Dan Malloy. Meanwhile Mayor Joe Ganim’s fundraising report filed with State Elections Enforcement Commission will show that he raised about $200,000 in an exploratory stage with about $100,000 on hand that has been rolled into a candidate committee for governor. Ganim has hired H&P Consulting, an experienced fundraising group, to help load up the campaign treasury.
A poll conducted by Bysiewicz has buoyed her chances to get into the race, something she’s expected to do soon. She was drubbed by Chris Murphy in a 2012 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Lamont hopes a poll does the same for him. Bysiewicz will participate in the state’s public financing program. Lamont, a wealthy businessman, can self fund. Ganim, prohibited from public dollars as a result of his 2003 public corruption conviction, is raising it the old fashioned way through larger-dollar donations. That’s where H&P comes in. H&P is a veteran of New Jersey political campaigns.
Qualifying public financing candidates will spend roughly $1.4 in a primary. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin is raising money in an exploratory campaign.
Ganim’s brought on H&P to raise enough for him to compete., and that includes a maximum personal contribution of $3,500.
The Ganim campaign reports that the exploratory committee received contributions from more than 1,000 individuals with the average individual contribution of approximately $150. About 68% of all contributions to the exploratory committee were less than $100. The Ganim for governor campaign has raised roughly $15,000 since the official launch a week ago.
The Republican side for governor has more than a dozen candidates including Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Bridgeport resident David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general.
CT Mirror reporter Mark Pazniokas provides update on Bysiewicz and Lamont:
Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz showed signs Tuesday night of edging toward a run for the Democratic nomination for governor as Lamont began polling and allies of Byswiecz helped expel Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, an early candidate for governor and a rival for support in their shared political base of the city, from the Democratic Town Committee.
Lamont, an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006 and governor in 2010, confirmed in a telephone interview that he was testing his support among Democrats and the desire of the electorate for a candidate who promises substantive change. The poll measured Lamont against the potential field of Democratic rivals, said one source.
“I think I’m the change agent,” Lamont said. “Steady as it goes, it’s not me.”
Full story here.