Themis Klarides raises the most;  Leora Levy lends herself more
Themis Klarides raises the most;  Leora Levy lends herself more

Themis Klarides raised more money in the first three months of 2022 than any other Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Connecticut, while rivals Leora Levy and Peter Lumaj relied more on personal loans than contributions.

Campaign reports filed Friday showed Klarides raised $425,431 in the first quarter, compared to $294,930 for Levy and $158,058 for Lumaj. No other Republicans have reported significant fundraising in the race.

They are vying for the GOP nomination and a chance to oppose well-funded two-term Democratic incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

His campaign committee raised $706,858 in contributions and received an additional $101,000 from a related committee, the Blumenthal Victory Fund. His campaign ended the quarter with $8.1 million in the bank.

Levy, a Republican National Committee member and longtime GOP fundraiser, ended the quarter with nearly $1 million in her campaign account, mostly due to a $750,000 loan from the candidate.

Lumaj had $459,817 in cash, more than half of which came from a $250,000 loan he made to his campaign on March 30, the penultimate day of the deposit period. A candidate since November 24, he has now raised $269,533.

Klarides, a former Republican State House leader who did not seek re-election in 2020 after 22 years as a state legislator, ended the quarter with $447,701 in cash. She loaned his campaign $40,000.


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