Election regulators approved a $1.35 million public campaign financing grant for Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney and his running mate, David Walker, during a meeting Wednesday.
McKinney, the state senate minority leader, is running in a primary race against 2010 Republican nominee Tom Foley, who was endorsed by party delegates in May. Foley’s application for public financing was approved two weeks ago.
Walker is running in a primary election against convention-endorsed candidate Penny Bacchiochi and former Groton Mayor Heather Bond Somers. Both candidates previously qualified for public funds.
“Our campaign has gained significant momentum over the last two weeks. Today’s good news will allow us to continue making a case for real change,” McKinney said in a statement.
In addition to McKinney and Walker, the State Elections Enforcement Commission approved public financing applications for the re-election campaigns of Reps. Al Adinolfi, Larry Butler, Linda Gentile, Tony Guererra, and Laura Hoydick.
The panel also approved grants for state representative candidates Mike France, Katherine Pugliese, Kathleen Richards, and Michael Vickerelli. Regulators approved the applications of state senate candidates Kim Fawcett, Emily Bjornberg, John French, and William Satti.