Themis Claridis lifts the most; Leora Levy lends herself more

Themis Clarides raised more money in the first three months of 2022 than any other Republican candidate for the US Senate in Connecticut, while her opponents, Leora Levy and Peter Lumaj, relied more on personal loans than contributions.

Campaign reports filed Friday showed Klarides raised $ 425,431 in the first quarter, compared with $ 294,930 for the Levy and $ 158,058 for the Lumaj. No other Republican reported significant fundraising in the race.

They are vying for the GOP nomination and the opportunity to oppose two well-funded Democrats, Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

His campaign committee raised $ 706,858 in contributions and received another $ 101,000 from a related committee, the Blumenthal Victory Fund. His campaign closed the quarter with $ 8.1 million in the bank.

Levy, a member of the Republican National Committee and a long-time GOP fundraiser, closed the quarter with nearly $ 1 million in her campaign account, largely due to a $ 750,000 loan from the candidate.

Lumai had $ 459,817 in cash, more than half of a $ 250,000 loan he made to his campaign on March 30, the second to last day of the deposit period. Candidate since November 24, has now raised $ 269,533.

Clarides, the former leader of the House of Representatives Republicans who did not seek re-election in 2020 after 22 years as a state MP, closed the quarter with $ 447,701 in cash. She lent her campaign $ 40,000.

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