CT GOV: Hedge-fund manager David Stemerman (R) filed “a finance report that shows an initial personal investment of $1.8 million. … His only other contribution was $1,000 from his treasurer, Henry O. Schaffer.”
“He reported about $27,445 in expenditures incurred but not paid, including $10,972 to a national campaign consulting firm, Precision Campaigns, and $16,473 to Clark Hill, a Washington, D.C., law firm with a speciality in campaign finance.”
Former financial executive Robert Stefanowski (R) “reported raising $315,313, including $250,000 of his own money.”
Former Stamford CFO Mike Handler (R) “reported raising $116,985.”
State Party Vice-Chair Dita Bhargava (D), “a former senior trader and portfolio manager … reported raising $53,000.”
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R) “raised less than $34,000.”
Former Comptroller Dave Walker (R) “raised $76,081 in his exploratory phase. The $163,920 his candidate committee reported raising in the third quarter includes a $45,475 surplus rolled over from his exploratory, giving him net of $118,000 in new money for the quarter. His two committees raised a net of $194,526 that he says can be applied toward the $250,000 in qualifying contributions for public financing.”
2014 candidate Joe Visconti (R) “is running in the red after raising just $270 in the quarter. He says he will begin serious fundraising this month.” (Connecticut Mirror)
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti (R) raised “$84,580 from individuals this quarter to bring his total up to $229,670. He still had about $156,918 in cash at the end of the reporting period.”
Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst (R) “raised $48,197 this past quarter. He was able to carry over about $52,000 from his exploratory campaign, and raised about $195,000 total for his campaign.”
State Sen. Toni Boucher (R) “raised about $43,336 from individuals to bring her total fundraising up to $58,890.” (CT News Junkie)
FL GOV: “State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) reported raising $1.18 million in September through his political and campaign committees. He has $13.86 million on hand.” (Politico)
State House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) “brought in another $445,000 for his political committee and possible governor’s race fund, “Watchdog PAC,” between Sept. 1 and Oct. 9 according to reports available on the committee’s website. The committee … has just shy of $3.9 million on hand.”
“Rapid Loop Consulting received $42,500 for consulting work and expenses, followed by D.C.-based Go Big Media which took home about $33,000 for consulting and travel, and Jacksonville-based Political Capital with $20,000 for consulting.” (Florida Politics)
State Sen. Jack Latvala (R) “raised more than $650,000 in September. … Latvala’s Florida Leadership Committee raised $156,670 last month. … Latvala has more than $4.67 million cash on hand.” (Florida Politics)
Housing investor Chris King (D) raised $148,000 in September and reported $1.7 million on hand at the end of the month. (release)
IL GOV: Billionaire J.B. Pritzker (D) “reported he’d given his campaign fund another $7 million. That brings his total self-funding effort to $28.2 million so far.” (release)
OK GOV: Mortgage lender Kevin Stitt (R) “said he raised $811,000 from more than 560 donors during the most recent fundraising quarter that ended Sept. 30” and “added $800,000 of his own money. … Stitt … said he expects to spend about $2.5 million of his own money on the race.” (AP)
OR GOV: Gov. Kate Brown (D) and state Rep. Knute Buehler (R) “are neck-and-neck in their fundraising race for the 2018 campaign to be the state’s next chief executive. … This year alone, Buehler has raised $1.49 million to $1.46 million for Brown. … Brown has used just under $1 million, while Buehler has spent just $262,000.” (The Bend Bulletin)
SC GOV: Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) “raised $603,000 … during the past three months.” Gov. Henry McMaster (R) raised $568,000 in the same time. “Both candidates report they have nearly $1.9 million cash on hand.”
Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R) “has raised less than $100,000 from outside donors after subtracting contributions from immediate family and his Anderson pharmacy. Bryant says he plans several fundraisers over the next few months to catch up.”
Former Democratic Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill (R) “raised $26,745 in the third quarter and has $2,400 on hand.” (Charleston Post & Courier)
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