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Merrill becomes first to qualify

Denise Merrill (CTNJ file photo)
Denise Merrill (CTNJ file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. –Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who announced her re-election bid in December, became the first statewide candidate to qualify for public financing in 2014.

On Wednesday, the State Elections Enforcement Commission approved grants for Merrill and six legislative candidates. Merrill raised $75,000 in small qualifying contributions and will receive a general election grant of $812,550. Merrill ran unopposed for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and one of his three Republican challengers, Tom Foley, claim to have raised the necessary $250,000 in small donations to qualify, but the SEEC still needs to audit their donations before approving the money. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo also claims to have raised the $75,000 in small contributions, but has not received the grant.

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3 responses to “Merrill becomes first to qualify”

  1. One and Done.

    Duh, the organization that qualifies her works for her. Big surprise.
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    But really, she only gets $812,500 of taxpayer money? Out of every hundred people, how many do you think even know who the SOS is? If our state economy wasn’t in the toilet, it might be funny.

  2. Really, to get an additional $812,500 of the taxpayers money, all she had to do was raise $75,000??? Almost $900,000 campaigning money for the position of Secretary of State???? Not to mention she ran unopposed in her party’s election.

    Considering what One & Done said about anyone in the state knowing what she does let alone that she needs to be elected into that position, $75,000 should be more than enough for her (any of those positions) campaign needs.
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  3. Don’t Panic

    Congratulations Denise. Norwalk appreciates your efforts to ensure that elections are fair and that people who want to vote are able to do so. Now if only those that DON’T vote could be persuaded to do so.

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