Dan Debicella raises over $300,000 in fourth quarter for Congress run

Dan Debicella of Shelton raised $302,883 in his race for U.S. Congress during the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Dan Debicella

Debicella, a former Republican state senator, received the ninth highest amount of donations of all challengers nationwide, and was the fifth highest among Republican challengers in the country.

Debicella is seeking the GOP nod to challenge three-term Democratic U.S. Jim Himes of Greenwich this fall in the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County. Himes defeated Debicella to win a second term in 2010.

“People are tired of Washington, and are looking for an independent voice to fight for Fairfield County families,” Debicella said in a statement released by his campaign with the fund-raising totals.

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Himes campaign responds. Click below to read:

Himes campaign counters some Debicella claims

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“Our focus on practical solutions to grow the economy and replace Obamacare with choice-centered healthcare reform is resonating with folks,” he said.

 

Better totals than in 2010

Debicella raised significantly more than he did in the period four years ago, when his race against Himes was the closest 2010 federal race in Connecticut. Himes won that race 53% to 47%, getting 13,300 more votes than Debicella.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

“We raised over two-and-a-half times more than we did during the same period four years ago,” said Debicella campaign manager John Puskar. “Not only is [Debicella] better known in Fairfield County, but people know this is once again going to be an extremely competitive race.”

The Himes campaign raised $372,996 during the fourth quarter of 2013. It is typical for incumbents to outraise their challengers.

 

Claim: ‘Lobbyists and insiders’ back Himes

Puskar said the Debicella campaign “significantly outraised Himes” in terms of individual contributions.

“And while [Himes] continues to look to Washington lobbyists and insiders to fund his campaign — the very same lobbyists who he has been writing legislation for in exchange for campaign contributions — we are getting our donations from Connecticut,” Puskar said. “Jim Himes has become exactly why people do not like Washington, D.C.”

Puskar said Debicella also had a larger number of individual donors than Himes, a lower average donation, and more donations from within Connecticut.

 

Comparing the two campaigns

The Debicella campaign provided the following comparisons on fourth quarter fund-rasing for the two campaigns:

 

TOTAL Q4 FUND-RAISING

Debicella:

$302,883

Himes:

$372,996

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TOTAL FROM INDIVIDUALS

Debicella:

$302,883 (100%)

Himes:

$223,075 (60%)

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TOTAL FROM PACs

(Political Action Committees)

Debicella:

$0 (0%)

Himes:

$150,669 (40%)

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NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Debicella:

430

Himes:

160

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AVERAGE INDIVIDUAL

DONATION SIZE

Debicella:

$695

Himes:

$1,394

% OF INDIVIDUAL DONORS

FROM CT

Debicella:

90%

Himes:

77%

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