12 September 2007

Game On in 113th Special Election; Shelton's Perillo Qualifies for Public Funds

Shelton’s Jason Perillo became the first canddidate to qualify for state campaign matching funds under the new Public Finance Fund system. Many volunteers worked long and hard over the weekend and presented Perillo's application Monday morning to the state Election Commission.

The following is a press release from the House Republican office:

Shelton's Jason Perillo Working to
Continue Belden’s Legacy in Special House Election

HARTFORD – Republican Jason Perillo, the party’s choice to succeed the late state Rep. Richard O. Belden in the House of Representatives next month, today became the first state candidate in Connecticut history to qualify for public campaign financing when the Elections Enforcement Commission certified that he had met the threshold for private campaign donations.

House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. of Norwalk congratulated Perillo, the 30-year-old Shelton Alderman and active public servant, for quickly reaching the requirements of the untested new public financing regulations in advance of the Oct. 9 special election. He qualified for $18,750 in public funds.

“Jason Perillo has quickly demonstrated how widespread his grassroots support is in his hometown of Shelton. He is the right choice to continue the legacy of Dick Belden who preached fiscal responsibility and was the consummate public servant,’’ Cafero said. “The circumstances that have led us to this special election are, of course, tragic and unfortunate.’’

Belden was the longest serving member of the House having served from 1975 until his death last month.

Cafero said he still has mixed feelings about the taxpayer-financed rules and added that the public will now get to see how their money is used for political purposes.

Perillo last week easily met the minimum requirement for private donations that must come from within the district he seeks to represent. In fact, elections commission staff noted the campaign exceeded the $3,750 minimum received from at least 113 donors and surpassed it by $605. Executive Director Jeff Garfield congratulated the Perillo campaign at its regularly scheduled meeting following the commission vote.

Cafero said that outpouring of local support from most who gave an average of $30 indicates how highly regarded Perillo is in Shelton.


Craig Dunkerley said...

I'm delighted that a Republican was the first to qualify for this crucial reform to our campaign finance system. It allows the voters to choose who the candidates will be instead of lobbyists and wealthy private organizations and individuals, and frees candidates to represent their constituents instead of just big donors. Also, embracing this public financing reform and declining lobbyist and other private contributions should help Republicans shed the whole "Culture of Corruption" label they've been tarred with.