The news: Jim Amann’s gubernatorial campaign has raised only $8,000 this quarter.
In a phone interview Monday, Amann said he’s only raised about $8,000 during the last three months. Unapologetic about the small amount of money raised, Amann said he is the first ever candidate for governor under the new campaign finance laws.
“I am the guinea pig,” Amann said. (Stuart)
Unfortunately for the ex-Speaker of the House, that excuse doesn’t hold water.
The complaint is that he can’t raise money in amounts over $100, and that his rivals can raise money in amounts up to $375.
Let’s try the math. Dan Malloy raised $144,000 or so. If we apply the ratio between $375 and $100 to Malloy’s numbers, we’d expect Amann to raise about $38,000. The dollar amount restrictions aren’t the problem, here.
Worse, Amann has actually been campaigning, despite having next to no money. Jodi Rell didn’t campaign at all, she merely arched an eyebrow and raised more than three times what Amann did. Larry Cafero’s exploratory committee raised about $4,000, and he’s not even running for anything!
True, public financing does change things a bit, and dollar amounts raised don’t always give the same sort of insight into campaigns that they once did, but this sort of awful showing is impossible to ignore. It’s hard to see this as anything but a disaster. Even if Amann hadn’t (unwisely) transitioned from an exploratory run to a full-fledged candidate, I still don’t think he’d be keeping pace with Malloy or Bysiewicz.
Here’s the thing. Jim Amann needs to raise $250,000 to qualify for public financing. He needs to do that before the middle of next year. He needs to find a way to raise a lot of money in twelve months, and he has no money to do it right now.
Is Jim Amann’s campaign for governor over? Maybe not technically. I’m sure he’ll want to hang in there. But given the situation right now, it’ll take a miracle even to get him to the convention next year.
Stuart, Christine. “
Amann: ‘I Am The Guinea Pig’ For New Campaign Finance Law.” CT News Junkie 13 July, 2009.