HARTFORD, Conn. – State elections regulators awarded Tom Foley a $1.35 million public financing grant Wednesday, making the 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate and former self-funded candidate officially a participant in the Citizens Election Program.
Foley, the Republican nominee in 2010 and the candidate endorsed by delegates during the nominating convention, announced in May that he had raised the $250,000 in small donations necessary to qualify for public campaign financing.
He applied for the grant soon after, but the State Elections Enforcement Commission twice declined to approve his application when only about $220,970 of the $264,000 Foley had raised met the standards to qualify.
Regulators’ approval of Foley’s application Wednesday means he will receive $1.35 million to wage a primary campaign against Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, who has submitted a merged application for public financing along with his running mate, Bridgeport Republican David Walker.
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