Commission approves public funding for candidates

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HARTFORD — The State Elections Enforcement Commission recently approved public grants under the Citizens’ Election Program for candidates in the November general election.

The commission approved grant payments for state Sen. George Logan, a Republican running for re-election in the 17th District, state Senate candidate Rob Sampson, a Republican running in the 16th District, state representative candidate Anne Harrigan, a Democrat running in the 89th District, and state Rep. Lezlye Zupkus, a Republican running for re-election in the 89th District, according to press releases issued by the commission.

The Citizens’ Election Program is a voluntary program that provides full public financing for qualifying candidates for General Assembly and statewide offices.

To qualify for public campaign financing, candidates for state representative must raise $5,100 from at least 150 individuals residing in municipalities in their district. Candidates for state senator must raise $15,300 from at least 300 individuals residing in municipalities in their district. Participating candidates for General Assembly may only accept small dollar contributions from certain individuals — the maximum contribution is $250 — and no contributions from state contractors or PACs. In 2018, general election grant amounts are $28,150 for state representative candidates and $95,710 for state Senate candidates.