La­mont pours an­other $8.2M into own cam­paign

Connecticut Post - - NEWS - By Ken Dixon kdixon@ct­post.com Twit­ter: @KenDixonCT

Ned La­mont has raised the ante in the race for gov­er­nor.

The for­mer ca­ble-TV ex­ec­u­tive turned in­vestor put an­other $8.2 mil­lion into his Demo­cratic cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fil­ings with state election reg­u­la­tors that show he has poured a to­tal of more than $12.7 mil­lion of his per­sonal wealth into the bid.

La­mont’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent, Bob Ste­fanowski of Madi­son, raised $1.5 mil­lion dur­ing the quar­ter, for a cam­paign to­tal of $5 mil­lion. He has paid out nearly $4.3 mil­lion, with only $747,520 avail­able for the last month of the cam­paign.

The quar­terly re­ports, filed just be­fore the dead­line late Wed­nes­day, in­di­cates that La­mont has $5.5 mil­lion avail­able for the last month of the cam­paign. He wrote per­sonal checks for $3.6 mil­lion on Septem­ber 4, fol­lowed by $4.6 mil­lion on Fri­day, Septem­ber 28. The $12.7 mil­lion is not reim- bursable.

In to­tal, La­mont has raised $12,753.745. In the quar­ter — July, Au­gust and Septem­ber — La­mont’s cam­paign re­ceived more than $258,000 from in­di­vid­ual contributors. La­mont is the great-grand­son of a wealthy Wall Street banker, and his wife, An­nie La­mont, is a high-per­form­ing hedge fund ex­ec­u­tive.

In 2006, when he won the Demo­cratic U.S. Se­nate pri­mary over Joe Lieber­man, but lost the gen­eral election, La­mont spent $17 mil­lion of his own money, ac­cord­ing to OpenSe­crets.org. La­mont spent $9.6 mil­lion in his los­ing pri­mary run for gov­er­nor in 2010, ac­cord­ing to the SEEC.

La­mont’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent this year, Bob Ste­fanowski of Madi­son, raised $1.5 mil­lion dur­ing the quar­ter, for a cam­paign to­tal of $5 mil­lion. He has paid out nearly $4.3 mil­lion, with only $747,520 avail­able for the last month of the cam­paign.

Dur­ing the quar­ter, Ste­fanowski raised a mil­lion dol­lars from in­di­vid­ual contributors.

“Un­like Ned La­mont, Ste­fanowski did not in­herit tens of mil­lions of dol­lars with which he can at­tempt to buy the gov­er­nor­ship,” said Kendall Marr, the GOP can­di­date’s cam­paign spokesman. “Bob is hum­bled to have earned the sup­port of over 2000 con­cerned vot­ers who have gen­er­ously sup­ported his cam­paign so far.”

Lacey Rose, La­mont’s spokes­woman, said that Ste­fanowski is re­ly­ing on the en­dorse­ment of Pres­i­dent Trump and PACs al­lied with the Repub­li­can gov­er­nors and other conservatives.

“Bob Ste­fanowski's ex­treme tax scheme for Con­necti­cut would raise prop­erty taxes in ev­ery town across the state, cut ed­u­ca­tion in our schools, slash health care, and elim­i­nate the min­i­mum wage en­tirely,” Rose said. “Let's be clear: while Ned has more than 5,383 in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions -- likely a Con­necti­cut record -- with an aver- age do­na­tion of $126, Bob Ste­fanowski is get­ting mil­lions in fund­ing by Trumpaligned, rad­i­cal out­side groups that want to take Con­necti­cut back­wards.”

While his pub­lic ap­pear­ances on the cam­paign have been very few out­side of a hand­ful of tele­vised de­bates and small fo­rums, Ste­fanowski’s fil­ings in­di­cates a near-daily at­tempt over the last three months to raise money. Run­ning out­side the state’s vol­un­tary pub­lic­fi­nance pro­gram, Ste­fanowski got on TV in Jan­uary with a se­ries of per­son­ally fi­nanced ads that raised his name recog­ni­tion and won him the GOP pri­mary in Au­gust.

The new cam­paign-fi­nance fil­ings in­di­cate that Ste­fanowski has been scram­bling for cash. He has held at least 22 fundrais­ing events through­out the state, in­clud­ing three in Green­wich, with one at the ex­clu­sive Belle Haven Club, which the cam­paign rented for nearly $2,000. An­other fundrais­ing lun­cheon was held on Cen­tral Park South in New York.

Ste­fanowski also loaned his cam­paign an ad­di­tional $400,000, bring­ing the to­tal to $2.65 mil­lion in per­sonal funds for which the busi­ness con­sul­tant and for­mer cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tive is el­i­gi­ble to seek re­im­burse­ment. In ad­di­tion, Change PAC, a po­lit­i­cal action com­mit­tee linked to the Repub­li­can Gov­er­nors As­so­ci­a­tion, has raised a mil­lion dol­lars, as has the Pro­tect Free­dom Po­lit­i­cal Action Com­mit­tee, a con­ser­va­tive Su­per PAC.

Oz Griebel, the un­af­fil­i­ated can­di­date for gov­er­nor who is re­cent days be­gan a ra­dio-ad­ver­tis­ing ef­fort, has loaned his cam­paign an ad­di­tional $76,000, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est quar­terly re­ports Wed­nes­day posted by the State Elec­tions En­force­ment Com­mis­sion.

Griebel, the for­mer di­rec­tor of the MetroHart­ford Al­liance, wrote five checks to­tal­ing the $76,000, in­clud­ing $30,000 on July 31. Most re­cently, Griebel, who on Wed­nes­day was shown to have 11 per­cent sup­port among vot­ers in the lat­est Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity Poll, wrote a $15,000 check on Septem­ber 28.

Griebel has loaned his ef­fort $143,500 of the to­tal $387,000 raised. It’s a frac­tion of what La­mont and Ste­fanowski have in­vested. With less than a month be­fore the election, Griebel has $39,000 left, the re­ports in­di­cate.

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