Herbst Passes Critical $250,000 Fundraising Benchmark in Gubernatorial Bid

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst announced Wednesday his campaign has raised more than $250,000 in qualifying contributions under the Citizens Election Program. Passing the key threshold puts Herbst's campaign on track to receive a grant of $1.25 million for the Republican Primary through the CEP program.

"I am incredibly humbled by the tremendous support my campaign to upend business-as-usual in Hartford has received from every region of Connecticut," Herbst said. "Thousands of Connecticut taxpayers have rallied to this campaign to elect a proven reformer and Hartford outsider to shake things up under the Gold Dome."

"I could not be more grateful for the incredible effort this feat took from scores of friends, family, supporters, volunteers and event hosts — almost all hardworking Connecticut residents who care deeply about fighting for the future of our state," Herbst continued.

Herbst noted he is the only Republican candidate for governor who has refused to take donations from Hartford lobbyists and that over 90 percent of his donations have come from in-state.

"I am proud to say that I am the only Republican candidate who refused to accept donations from Hartford lobbyists," Herbst continued. "We are building a grassroots movement to dismantle the status quo under the Gold Dome and restore prosperity to Connecticut."

"Our support comes from every corner of Connecticut and from hardworking taxpayers who are willing to invest their hard earned dollars in our campaign to upend business-as-usual in Hartford," Herbst said.

Herbst said that his campaign would continue to raise buffer funds before submitting a CEP grant application to the State Elections Enforcement Commission, but that passing the $250,000 mark would allow him to focus on winning political support ahead of the CTGOP Convention in May.

"Having cleared this key hurdle, we can now turn our full attention to taking the case for a new generation of leadership in Connecticut to Republican activists at the convention and GOP voters in the primary beyond," Herbst said.

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