Didn’t raise the $75,000 from voters it takes to qualify for the program
Although he originally stated his intention to run his campaign for Comptroller through the Citizens Election Program (CEP), less than four months later, Jack Orchulli has reneged on that decision and will likely self-finance using his personal millions. In 2004, when Orchulli ran for U.S. Senate against Chris Dodd, he spent more than $1.3 million of his own money and was unable to raise more than $63,000 from individuals contributors. He lost by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
Democratic candidate Kevin Lembo is a first-time candidate and a self-professed policy wonk, yet he was able to talk to people in small venues across the state and ask for their support.
Kevin Lembo raised more than $75,000 from over 1,300 donors across the state. Contributors gave a range of donations from $5 to $100 under the CEP limits and include full-time parents, doctors, firefighters, nurses and non-profit professionals.