Linda McMahon Among the Wealthy Donors Behind Independent-Expenditure Group Promoting Mark Boughton

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton is getting a late boost from an independent-expenditure group funded by Linda McMahon and other wealthy donors.

CT Rising, a Super PAC supporting Boughton, paid for an ad promoting Boughton over two of his Republican rivals, Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman. The 30-second ad is set to begin running Saturday.

CT Rising, like all independent-expenditure groups, is prohibited from coordinating with a candidate or political party.

McMahon, the multi-millionaire co-founder of WWE who spent a combined $100 million on her own campaigns for U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012, is listed on the ad, although her name does not appear in CT Rising’s initial finance report, filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Tuesday. McMahon, who lives in Greenwich, is currently administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Other contributors to the Super PAC include Peter Menikoff of Salisbury, a retired executive, who donated $2,500 and William R. Harris Jr., a contract pilot from Salisbury who contributed $3,000.

The largest donors were Big Sky Properties, a privately held company based in Danbury, and J. David Kelsey, a managing principal at Hamilton Point Investments. Each entity gave $10,000.

In total, CT Rising reported receipts of $36,500.

Boughton, the mayor of Danbury, received the endorsement of Republicans at the state party convention in May. In addition to Stemerman and Stefanowski, he will face Tim Herbst and Steve Obsitnik in Tuesday’s primary.


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