Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman claimed Wednesday that they’ve reached the goal of raising $250,000 in small donations to qualify for $6.5 million in public financing.
The state Elections Enforcement Commission will still need to certify the donations after an audit. The next filing period isn’t until July 10, so it’s still unclear who may have donated to the campaign.
Since Malloy didn’t file his campaign committee until the end of March there are still no public records of the fundraising.
The only other gubernatorial candidate to claim he qualified is Malloy’s 2010 Republican opponent, Tom Foley.
Foley claimed he raised more than $254,000 in a May 15 press release. The contributions came from more than 3,000 Connecticut residents, but the final documents still need to be audited by election regulators.
The Malloy campaign says they will file their final paperwork with election regulators later this week.
Malloy, the first person to run for governor as a publicly financed candidate, likely will make history again for qualifying in record time.
Other Republican candidates include Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney. As of this writing neither has reached the $250,000 threshold.