Among Republican candidates for governor, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney reports a fundraising total of $134,000 while Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he's raised nearly that much.
Boughton reports a total in 2013 of nearly $130,000, including nearly $40,000 raised during the final three months of last year. McKinney and Boughton are among the candidates collecting the small contributions necessary to qualify for public campaign financing. Candidates for governor must raise $250,000 in small contributions to participate in the program. Ultimately, they can receive at least $1.25 million for a primary and $6 million for the general election.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti reported raising $1,200 in December as he formed a campaign committee. Wilton state Sen. Toni Boucher is also considering a run for governor. Boucher raised $37,000 in the latest quarter, bringing her total to $66,659.
Friday was the quarterly reporting deadline.
A GOP candidate with an exploratory committee, Tom Foley of Greenwich, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and the party's 2010 candidate, spent more than $10 million of his own money on the narrow race.
Candidates at the exploratory stage can accept contributions up to $375, but only those of up to $100 count toward qualifying for public financing.
Joseph Visconti of West Hartford, who filed paperwork for a candidate committee, raised $805 in the latest quarter.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, meanwhile, has yet to announce if he'll seek a second term.
Jerry Labriola Jr. said this week that he'd like to see the Republican candidates finish raising their qualifying funds by the state party's convention, scheduled for May 16 and 17 at Mohegan Sun.