Mattei Campaign Reports Pre-Certification in Progress with Citizens Election Program, More Than $240,000 Total Raised
HARTFORD – Chris Mattei for Attorney General announced today that his exploratory and candidate committees have raised a total of $243,943. The campaign stopped fundraising at the start of 2018 after raising enough money to qualify for public funds, and is currently the only statewide Democratic campaign for any office in the pre-certification process with the Citizens Election Program (CEP).
“The CEP helps candidates like me – who may not have political connections or influence – reach everyday people with a message that I and they can believe in. As a federal prosecutor, I saw firsthand how our elections can be corrupted by the influence of big money. When the wealthy and connected determine who wins elections, the rest of us tend not to matter,” said Mattei. “With the grassroots support of so many across this state, we were fortunate to finish our fundraising months ago. Instead, we have spent the last three months talking to thousands of voters about the issues that matter in their lives and their communities.”
The exploratory committee, active until Mattei announced a run for Attorney General in December 2017, and the subsequent campaign committee raised a total of $243,943 from 2,487 contributions, with a median contribution of $50. He received at least one contribution from donors in 130 cities and towns in Connecticut, and Chris has visited over 100 cities and towns since the campaign began. Mattei, a former federal prosecutor who took on public corruption and has not previously run for office, has built this support without an existing network of donors and is the only candidate for Attorney General who has refused to take money from registered lobbyists.