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  • 3 million dollars

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy says he raised about $3 million over the past three months for his Connecticut Senate campaign.

    Polls show the congressman is in a dead heat against Republican Linda McMahon, the wealthy former wrestling executive.

    Murphy's campaign told The Associated Press on Friday that it received a total of 30,762 contributions during the last quarter and how that's more than eight times the number of contributions received in the previous quarter.

    The campaign said 91 percent of the contributions were $100 or less.

    PRESS RELEASE:

    Riding a surge of momentum into the campaign's final stretch, Chris Murphy's campaign for U.S. Senate raised $3 million in the third fundraising quarter of 2012, bringing the campaign's fundraising total to more than $8.5 million.

    "The incredible number of contributions that we received this quarter confirms the support that I have seen in communities across the state for a campaign focused on the issues that matter to Connecticut families," said Murphy. "I can't write myself a check for $50 million, but I've got something much better: enthusiastic supporters that no candidate can buy."

    During the third quarter, Murphy's campaign received 30,672 contributions, more than eight times the number of contributions received in the second quarter.  The average individual contribution was $79, and nearly one third of the contributions were received in the last week of the quarter as Murphy's campaign surged ahead.

    Since announcing his candidacy, Murphy's campaign has built an unparalleled grassroots coalition that continues to grow every day. He has received the nomination of the Connecticut Democratic Party and has been endorsed by the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, National Organization for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the State Council of the Service Employees International Union, the Working Families Party, the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus, the Connecticut Education Association, Connecticut Fire Fighters, United Auto Workers, Connecticut Laborers, the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Communications Workers of America, the League of Conservation Voters, Connecticut's entire U.S. House delegation, Senator Dick Blumenthal, Governor Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, State Representative William Tong, dozens of state Senators and state Representatives and over 15,000 Democratic and progressive activists from all across Connecticut and former Senatorial candidate Matthew Oakes.

  • Whaaa!!!

    As the presidential candidates prepared to debate Wednesday night, Wayne Winsley stood outside New Haven City Hall and said: What about me?

    That same day U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro invited Winsley to a televised debate. Winsley,a Republican, is challenging DeLauro for the Third U.S. Congressional District seat.

    WInsley said he won't settle for just one debate. He wants at least three.

    In front of about 15 supporters Wednesday, Winsley accused DeLauro of refusing to tell voters where she stands on the issues. He said DeLauro's campaign has ignored his requests for a public debate.

    Jimmy Tickey, DeLauro's campaign manager, said the 11-term congresswoman will appear at two upcoming candidate forums. Tickey said he helped to set up a televised debate that he emailed Winsley about on Wednesday.

    As someone who has remembers Winsley when he spoke to an anti-immigration hate group in Danbury and linked undocumented immigrants to slaves, he should be happy that DeLauro is ignoring his stupidity.

  • Look who's coming to support Mr. Independent.

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is set to help raise funds for 5th District Republican candidate Andrew Roraback next week in Hartford. The fundraising boost may help Roraback compete with his opponent Elizabeth Esty and national Democrats, but it also plays into their campaign narrative.

    Roraback, a moderate Republican state senator, has been fending off attacks from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aligning him with conservative national Republicans like Boehner since the day after the Aug. 14 primary.

    On Aug. 15 the DCCC released a video titled "Meet Tea Party Republican Andrew Roraback," which pulled footage from Republican 5th congressional district primary debates during which Roraback faced three opponents who were largely considered more socially conservative than him.

    Throughout the campaign Roraback, a fiscal conservative with a moderate voting record on social and environmental issues, has said that he is a "New England Republican" who is willing to break ranks with his party when he doesn't agree.

    But Democrats frequently point to Roraback's statement that he would vote to keep Boehner as House speaker. Regardless of Roraback's personal positions, that vote allows national Republicans to continue pursuing their conservative agenda, the reasoning goes.

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