Lauretti campaign for governor raises $109,000 in first quarter

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti’s campaign for governor raised more than $109,000 from 1,386 donors during the first quarter of 2014, according to a campaign press release.

To date, since Lauretti officially entered the race on Dec. 20, 2013, the Lauretti 2014 Committee has raised slightly more than $110,000.

The report for the first quarter covers January, February and March.

"Having just officially entered the race in late December, I knew the first quarter would be a very good barometer of the kind of support I could expect for my campaign," Lauretti, a Republican, said in the release.

"These results exceeded our expectations and clearly show the broad based support my campaign for governor has,” he said.

Lauretti now is serving his 12th term as mayor of Shelton, having been first elected in 1991. He won re-election in 2013 with 77% of the vote.

To qualify for public financing

Lauretti has opted to take part in the state’s Citizens’ Election Program, which requires candidates to raise $250,000 from at least 2,500 different donors to qualify for public financing. Donors can contribute up to $100 to count toward the qualifying amount.

Eligible candidates will receive $1.25 million for a primary and $6 for the general election.

"Showing the ability to raise the money to qualify for the Citizens’ Election Program matching contribution proves a candidate has the support to be successful in November,” Lauretti said. “These results show we are well on our way to qualifying."

Exceed fund-raising goals

Lauretti said his fund-raising numbers should only improve during the next two months, leading up to the Republican State Party Convention on May 16 and 17, when the GOP will endorse a candidate.

"No other candidate came close to raising this kind of money in their first quarter,” Lauretti said in the release. “In fact, it has taken several of them almost a year to do it.

“As more people become aware of what I and my campaign are about,” he said, “I feel very comfortable we will exceed our goals for the second quarter as well.”

Foley had good quarter, too

According to the state Elections Enforcement Commission’s (EEC) website, state Sen. John McKinney has raised the most of any Republican gubernatorial candidate. However, McKinney didn’t raise much during the first quarter.

Tom Foley, the 2010 Republican nominee who lost a close race for governor to Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, raised the most among the GOP field during the first quarter — just slightly more than Lauretti. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton also had a strong quarter.

It was the first quarter of fund-raising for most of the candidates. Here are fund-raising totals for all Republican candidates, according to the state EEC filings:

Tom Foley — first quarter, $109,604; total during campaign, $109,604.

Mark Lauretti — first quarter, $109,325; total for campaign $110,525.

Mark Boughton — first quarter, $93,171; total during campaign, $93,171.

John McKinney — first quarter, $44,394; total during campaign, $178,561.

Joseph Visconti — first quarter, $8,740; total during campaign, not listed on form.

Martha Dean — first quarter, $7,986; total during campaign, $7,986.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently announced he would seek a second term and is just starting to raise money. As an incumbent, Malloy is not expected to have any trouble qualifying for the Citizens’ Elections Program funding.

Lauretti to detail platform tonight

The next event for Lauretti will take place tonight, Monday, April 14, at Testo’s Restaurant in Bridgeport.

At the event from 5-8 p.m., Lauretti is expected to offer details on his campaign platform. Testo’s is at 1775 Madison Ave., Bridgeport.

Upcoming Lauretti 2014 Committee fund-raisers are Tuesday, April 15 at Mill River Country Club in Stratford ($100 per ticket), and Tuesday, April 22 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford ($100 per ticket).

Learn more about Lauretti's campaign for governor at the campaign website,