(This story was updated at 5:56 p.m. to add Mangiacopra information)
NORWALK, Conn. – Democratic mayoral candidate Harry Rilling has raised more than $30,000 in campaign contributions, and rival Democrat Vinny Mangiacopra has topped $25,000, according to a pair of press releases issued Wednesday afternoon by the respective campaigns.
The Rilling press release was sent at 4:30 p.m., the deadline for filing first-quarter campaign finance reports with the city. Mangiacopra’s release was sent shortly after 5 p.m.
According to the release, Rilling received $30,318 in contributions from Feb. 24 to March 31, the period covered for the campaign’s first financial report. The campaign received contributions from 85 donors, 80 percent of whom are Norwalk residents (67 percent), business owners and people who work in the city. An additional 11.7 percent of donations came from other Connecticut residents.
“The generosity of these first donors has demonstrated beyond any question that I will run a strong, competitive campaign for mayor of Norwalk,” Rilling said. “Political observers in Norwalk have been looking to these early results to see whether I will be able to raise the funds necessary to run a winning campaign in November, and today I am pleased to show that my campaign has scored an excellent result on this first test.”
Mangiacopra reported $25,533 raised since he announced his candidacy Jan. 22, according to his press release. The report shows 232 donors, 68 of them from Norwalk. The campaign has $22,957.45 cash on hand
“I think people will be surprised by these results,” Mangiacopra said in the release. “… Many Norwalkers are ready to turn the page on the past and get onto the business of making our city the vibrant place it can be. This is just the beginning of the support we are building across Norwalk, Fairfield County, and the entire state of Connecticut.”
Check back Thursday with NancyOnNorwalk for a list of donors.