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Fairfield's McKinney Leads In GOP Gubernatorial Funds

Fairfield state Sen. John McKinney is leading all GOP candidates in fundraising.
Fairfield state Sen. John McKinney is leading all GOP candidates in fundraising. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Fairfield resident and state Senate Republican Leader John McKinney, R-Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport, is leading all GOP gubernatorial candidates in fundraising as of March 31.

According to McKinney's website , he has raised $178,561 from 2,033 donations, followed by Tom Foley, who has raised $131,511 from 1,592 donations.

As a declared candidate for governor who is participating in the state’s Citizen’s Election Program, McKinney must raise $250,000 from at least 2,500 individuals in contributions of $100 or less to qualify for state financing.

Candidates must either reach those thresholds on their own or by combining their total with the qualified contributions of a chosen lieutenant governor candidate.

“We are pleased with our progress and well on our way to qualifying,” McKinney said in a statement. “I am looking forward to the Republican debates and the opportunity to show that I am the best and most qualified candidate to replace Gov. (Daniel) Malloy in November.”

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is third in GOP fundraising with $121,059 from 1,577 donations. Mark Lauretti was behind Boughton with $110,525 raised from 1,353 donations.

Joe Visconti was well behind the top four with just $11,635 raised.

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