Days from the Democratic primary for governor, Mayor Joe Ganim’s runyonesque challenge of party-endorsed Ned Lamont has raised about $900,000 since the start of the campaign with about $173,000 cash on hand that will be drained before Tuesday’s vote. See finance report filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission 7th day preceding primary here. Meanwhile Lamont who’s largely self-funding his effort has spent multiple millions more. See his report here
For the period from July 1-August 5, Ganim raised $102,733.00. For the same period Lamont’s total monetary receipts were $1,574,633.82.
Ganim has kicked up the rhetoric in the final days, especially after Lamont announced at their latest forum he’d “probably not” support Ganim if his longshot opponent wins the primary.
“We are on track to raise almost one million dollars for the primary, which has always been our goal,” said Ganim in a news release issued by the campaign … “Unlike Ned Lamont, we don’t have a multi-million dollar trust fund, but the support of grassroots Democrats who want a candidate who will work to build a new Connecticut economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few. Voters are tired of multi-millionaire candidates with no governmental experience who try to buy an election. And now that Ned Lamont has stated he won’t support the winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary unless it’s himself, he’s given Democratic voters another reason not to vote for him.”
If Ganim shocks Connecticut and wins Tuesday’s primary his campaign bank account will be zeroed out while the fundraising continues for the general election while Lamont can simply write a check for millions. The winner of the Republican primary will have at least roughly $6.5 million to spend, the amount granted by the state’s public financing program. Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst and Steve Obsitnik have qualified for public dollars while self-funders David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski are spending millions of their own loot.
Ganim is banned from the public financing program because of his 2003 conviction on public corruption charges. He’s raised it the old-fashioned way via large-donor contributions. He also loaned his campaign $60,000.