After having received more than 400 small donations from residents in Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston, Democratic State Senate candidate Rob Michalik announced today that his campaign was awarded a grant through the state’s Citizens’ Election Program. The State Elections Enforcement Commission approved Michalik’s grant application, which he submitted in late July.
“I am humbled by the outpouring support from local residents” said Michalik. “I promise to work tirelessly every day to ensure a better future for our community. This will be a campaign about the issues that are most important to the people of the 31st district.”
Michalik’s announcement comes only a month after he received the Democratic nomination. “I am excited to have completed the fundraising phase of my campaign so quickly. Now I can focus on connecting with voters, learning about their concerns, and sharing my vision for making Connecticut a thriving state once again,” added Michalik.
The Citizens’ Election Program is a voluntary system of public campaign financing that is designed to encourage citizen participation and limit the role of private money in politics. The program was created under former Republican Governor Jodi Rell, after her predecessor, John Rowland, resigned amid corruption allegations. To participate in the program, candidates must raise small qualifying contributions and agree to adhere to spending limits and disclosure requirements.
In state senate races, candidates must receive at least 300 in-district donations to qualify. With more than 400 contributions, Michalik far exceeded the necessary threshold.