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The campaigns of Gov. Ned Lamont and GOP challenger Bob Stefanowski spent a record-setting $30 million-plus, exposing weaknesses in the state's otherwise-popular public-financing program that may prompt the General Assembly to raise the limit on grants for the next election cycle.
The Citizen's Election Program is set up to require candidates for governor to raise just under $300,000 through small smaller donations, which would then trigger $9 million in public funding that would be given to the campaign to spend and create a limit for spending. Thought of as a way to create equal funding for political candidates, Lamont and Stefanowski avoid the public funding and dipped into their own wealth, raising the question of whether top of the ticket candidates will continue doing this in the future and just how wealthy someone has to be to run for the state's highest office.