August 8, 2014

McKinney outspends Foley as primary nears

John McKinney had slightly more in his campaign war chest than opponent Tom Foley. The Republicans will face off in a primary election next week.

The two candidates vying for the Republican nomination are spending big on TV advertising production, according to the two campaigns' most recent finance filings with the state Elections Enforcement Commission.

John McKinney has slightly more in his coffers than opponent Tom Foley as of Aug. 5, the date of the filing, which was made public yesterday. The McKinney for Governor campaign amassed $471,316.35 through Aug. 5 and spent $328,221.36 during the seven-day period, which began July 30.

McKinney's spent a total of $292,007 with the TV production company Jamestown Associates of Princeton, N.J.

The Foley for CT campaign reported $398,628.69 at the beginning of the period and said it spent $305,174.82. The majority of that money – $217,731 – also went to a TV production company, in this case Pinpoint Media of Alexandra, Va.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is running for re-election, is not facing a primary opponent, so his campaign did not have file any financials yesterday. The last time his campaign filed anything with the state was for the period ending June 30. At that time, his campaign reported having $6.3 million in funds on hand. The majority of those dollars came through the state's Citizen Elections Fund.

The two wild cards in the gubernatorial race – Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti – are waiting to see if they've amassed enough signatures to be on the ballot in November. As of June 30, the Visconti campaign had $2,631 on hand, while the Pelto campaign reported$7,176.

Jodi Latina, spokesman for the McKinney campaign, said that Jamestown Associates handled all aspects of media for the campaign, including radio and television. The spending with Jamestown includes not only production, but also the ad buys placed with media outlets, such as local TV stations. While Jamestown is based out-of-state, Latina was quick to point out that the ad spots were filmed at Palace Production Center, which is based in Norwalk.

"We feel really good," Latina said in regards to the campaign's financial position. "We're being very diligent and careful about how the money is being spent and trying to maximize every opportunity."

The Foley campaign did not immediately respond with comment for this story.

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