Connecticut State Senator Paul Doyle (D-9th District) his 2012 campaign committee returned over $50,000 to the state of Connecticut Citizens’ Election Program. The $52,322.08 of unspent funds returned by Doyle represents 57 percent of the grant that his campaign received for participating in the state’s clean election program.
“The grant from the Citizens’ Election Program was key in helping me to be able to spend time listening to voters and not on raising money,” said Doyle. “I’m proud of the race we ran, and the solid support I received from all of the 9th District towns. I’m especially pleased to be able to return more than half of the grant that I received back to the taxpayers.”
The Citizens’ Election Program, first available to candidates for state elected office in 2008, seeks to limit candidates reliance on special interest money by requiring candidates to raise a set amount of contributions from district residents.
In the election for the 9th State Senate District, Doyle needed to get contributions from at least 300 residents of district, which is comprised of the towns of Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Doyle raised the required $15,000 in contributions from at least 300 individuals and as a result qualified for a Citizens’ Election Program grant of $91,240.
“Like all of my campaigns, I was focused on listening to voters across all of the 9th District’s five towns, and what I heard time and again was how concerned voters are about our state’s economy and the need for the state to make smart decisions about taxpayer dollars,” said Doyle.
“This only served to reinforce for me how important it is that I run smart a campaign that would make efficient, effective use of the dollars that my campaign received through the Citizens’ Election Program.”
First elected in 2006 following lengthy service in the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2012 marked Doyle’s 4th consecutive successful campaign for the 9th District State Senate. Doyle is currently a member of the Judiciary, Housing, and Regulations Review committees, as well as the General Law Committee where he serves as Chairman.