Q3 Fundraising: Ganim Reports $109K, Srinivasan Qualifies For Public Financing

By the end of the day on Tuesday more than 20 Republicans and Democrats who have formed gubernatorial campaigns or exploratory campaigns for statewide office filed their third-quarter campaign finance reports.

Here's a look at candidates who have not yet appeared in Capitol Watch but reported raising at least $10,000 in the quarter.

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti received $84,580.11 in contributions to his candidate committee in the third quarter, from July 1. to Sept. 30, bringing his total to $229,670.11. Candidates need to collect $250,000 in small-dollar donations to qualify for millions in public financing.

Among other Republicans who are declared gubernatorial candidates, state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury reported $50,430 for the quarter and said he has raised $255,583 in total, enough to qualify for the Citizens' Election Program. Dave Walker of Bridgeport, the former U.S. Comptroller General, received $118,445 in donations for the quarter and also brought over $45,475 from his exploratory committee. Madison businessman Bob Stefanowski's campaign reported $315,313 in receipts, but $250,000 came from the candidate himself.

Republicans with exploratory committees include Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, whose $33,790 in the third quarter brought his total to $195,941 (Boughton underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor during the quarter); State Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton ($43,336 third quarter, $58,890 total) and Norwalk's Steve Obsitnik, who raised $63,696 in the third quarter and $265,363 to date. After the filing deadline of Sept. 30, Obsitnik announced he was forming a candidate committee.

On the Democratic side, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim's exploratory committee raised $109,720.99 in the quarter for a total of $145,785.99. But state officials have ruled Ganim can't participate in the clean elections program because of his prior public corruption conviction. Ganim is appealing that decision.

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