Bonuses could be on the line for Malloy, Foley braintrusts in election

When Connecticut voters choose between Democrat Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley for governor Tuesday, there could be a lot more than political ideology and bragging rights on the line.

A victory could translate to cold, hard cash for the architect of the winning campaign, the political equivalent of merit pay.

Candidates in high-profile, pressure-cooker races have been known to hand out win bonuses to their campaign managers and top advisers, which can range from 7 to 10 percent of base pay.

Neither the Malloy, nor the Foley campaign would discuss whether performance incentives are part of their compensation model.

Justin Clark, the Glastonbury lawyer reprising his role as Foley’s campaign manager, makes $12,000 a month, according to filings with the state Elections Enforcement Commission.

Jon Blair, the engineer of Malloy’s re-election bid and former campaign manager to U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois, gets paid $10,000 a month, filings with the state show.

Malloy and Foley each received $6.5 million in taxpayer funds from the state’s so-called clean elections program for their general election campaigns.






Neil Vigdor