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Malloy, Garfunkel among candidates awarded public funding Wednesday

HARTFORD, Conn. – State election regulators approved a $6.5 million grant Wednesday for the joint re-election campaign of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, as well as grants for Norwalk’s Andy Garfunkel and eight other state and local campaigns.

In order to qualify for the public funding, the campaign had to raise $250,000 in small donations from supporters.

“We are pleased that our grant for public financing was approved today and are grateful to the thousands of grassroots supporters across Connecticut who have joined our campaign,” Eleni Bourinaris-Suarez, a spokeswoman for the Malloy campaign, said.

In addition to the statewide candidates, six candidates or incumbents for the state House also had their grants approved. Norwalk Democrat Andy Garfunkel also qualified in his bid for the 142nd House District currently held by the retiring House Minority Leader Larry Cafero of Norwalk.

According to the CT Mirror, the state announced June 11 that Fred Wilms of Norwalk, a Republican seeking the open in the 142nd District, was among several who qualified for funding. Wilms is running in the Aug. 12 primary against endorsed candidate Emily Wilson, who was among the first in the state to receive the grant.

Others announced Weddnesday include Reps. Sam Belsito, Christie Carpino, Dan Fox, Rick Lopes, and James Maroney.

(NancyOnNorwalk added material to this excerpt that will not appear in the CT News Junkie original report.)

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