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Sen. John McKinney and David Walker at the Republican convention announcing that they were teaming up (CTNJ file photo)

Sen. John McKinney and his running mate, David Walker, will file their paperwork today to combine their fundraising totals and apply for the Citizens’ Election Program grant.

Last week, Walker announced that he raised the $75,000 in small donations required to qualify for the lieutenant governor grant. On Tuesday, McKinney, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, and Walker combined their finances to reach the $250,000 fundraising threshold necessary to receive the $1.35 million primary grant.

This past weekend, McKinney estimated that he would need another week to 10 days of fundraising if he wanted to reach the $250,000 threshold on his own.

“The lessons of the past are very instructive,” McKinney said Saturday after his pitch to the Working Families Party. “Four years ago there was a primary where one candidate got their money very late and I think a lot of us looking at it think the timing of the grant was harmful to the campaign.”

McKinney said he can’t change the State Elections Enforcement Commission process. The SEEC has been meeting on a weekly basis, but it takes time for the auditors to go over each of the donations and make sure they qualify toward the $250,000 goal.

This means McKinney and Walker could be on the SEEC agenda on July 10.

Tom Foley, the endorsed Republican candidate for governor, is scheduled to have his grant approved Wednesday by the SEEC. Foley’s application was postponed until the campaign was able to offer more information about some of its donors to election regulators. Enough donations were disqualified that Foley ended up having to go back out and collect more money in order to reach the threshold.

The SEEC will meet today at 4 p.m. to approve Foley’s application and the applications of several other candidates.

Walker will be competing against state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi and Heather Bond Somers of Groton for the nomination. McKinney will be competing against Foley for the nomination.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton had been competing for the governor’s nomination, but dropped out of the race last week after predicting that his running mate, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, wouldn’t collect enough signatures to get on the ballot as a lieutenant governor candidate.