Connecticut Congressional Delegation has raised more than $100 million

“Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” – Jesse Unruh, California Politician

As California politician, Jesse Unruh, famously observed, money is the primary nourishment for American politicians.  Big donors and lobbyists curry favor and buy access as they provide the fuel politicians need to win campaigns.

In today world of politics, success is not merely whether you win or lose, but how much money you collect along the way.

A review of federal campaign finance reports reveal that Connecticut’s Congressional delegation is “highly successful” when it comes to raising massive amount of campaign funds despite the fact that Connecticut’s congressional campaigns are not very competitive.

Since beginning their congressional careers, Connecticut five U.S. Representatives and two U.S. Senators have raised in excess of $100 million dollars to fund their political campaigns.

Member of Congress Career Total Raised
John Larson (D-1) $13.8 Million
Joe Courtney (D-2) $11.9 Million
Rosa DeLauro (D-3) $12.5 Million
Jim Himes (D-4) $14.9 Million
Elizabeth Esty (D-5) $8.0 Million
Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) $17.5 Million
Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) $21.5 Million

The following is a breakdown of campaign donations raised and source of funds for each member of Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation:

Representative John Larson (D-1)

Has raised a total of $13.8 million
Including $2.7 million through his political action committee, Synergy PAC

Total Source of PAC and Special Interest Funds
Business          77%
Labor               20%
Ideology          3%
First Elected in 1998

Joe Courtney (D-2)

Has raised a total of $11.9 million
Including $235,000 through his political action committee, Husky PAC

Total Source of PAC and Special Interest Funds
Business          53%
Labor               33%
Ideology          15%

First ran in 2002, first Elected in 2006

Rosa DeLauro (D-3)

Has raised $12.5 million
Including $1.5 million through her political action committee, Committee for a Democratic Future PAC

Total Source of PAC and Special Interest Funds
Business          49%
Labor               41%
Ideology          10%

First Elected in 1990

 

Jim Himes (D-4)

Has raised $14.9 million
Including $905,000 through his political action committee, Jobs + Innovation Matter PAC (Jim PAC)

Total Source of PAC and Special Interest Funds
Business          77%
Labor               12%
Ideology          11%

First Elected in 2008

 

Elizabeth Esty (D-5)

Has raised $8.0 million
Including $63,000 through her political action committee, Effective Leadership Enhancing Communities Today (ELECT)

Total Source of PAC and Special Interest Funds
Business          43%
Labor               29%
Ideology          29%

First Elected in 2012

 

Senator Richard Blumenthal

Has raised $17.5 million
Including $1.1 million through his political action committee, Nutmeg PAC

Total Source of PAC and Special Interest Funds
Business          60%
Labor               18%
Ideology          2%

First Elected in 2010

 

Senator Christopher Murphy

Has raised $21.5 million
Including $837,000 through his political action committee, MurphPAC

Business          54%
Labor               22%
Ideology          24%

First Elected in 2006

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