Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy continues break new ground in public campaign financing this week. He is expected to receive $1.25 million under the Citizens Election Program, also called the Clean Elections Program. Malloy became the first candidate to qualify for the funding when he raised $250,000 in increments of $100 per contribution—a considerable achievement.
Malloy’s opponent in the August primary, Greenwich businessman and failed US Senate candidate New Lamont, has opted out of the public financing program despite saying he supports it. There are consequences for Lamont rolling out those truck loads of personal cash—the more he spends past a certain point, the more money Malloy gets under the public program. The state elections enforcement commission is slated to meet this week to decide whether Malloy is eligible for $937,500 in addition funds because of how much Lamont has already spent.
As The Shad has pointed out before: One candidate is successfully participating in public financing, the other is using his own personal fortune to spend millions but says he supports public financing. Which one really does?