Well it looks like Waterford, at least in the Senate race, is much more willing to spend on Democrats.
The Federal Election Commission recently released the list of political donors to the ongoing senatorial race as of the most recent campaign finance filing deadline, which was July 15. In Waterford, there have been 31 donations to Senatorial campaigns, with just one – a $1,000 donation by Alan Gardiner to Linda McMahon – going to a Republican.
The rest of the donations were to the campaigns of Susan Bysiewicz and Chris Murphy, two Democrats set to square off in the August 14th senatorial primary. McMahon will take on Chris Shays in the primary on the same date. The four are vying for the Senate spot currently occupied by Joe Lieberman, an Independent, who is retiring in November.
Martin Sullivan, described as a self-employed auto dealer, donated more than any other Waterford resident, giving two $1,000 donations to the Bysiewicz campaign. Jason Kemp was the most active donor, giving four donations to the Bysiewicz campaign: three $500 donations and one $200 donation.
Jon Hendel, owner of Hendel’s Inc, was the largest donor to the Murphy campaign, giving $1,000. Others like Mark Wolfman played both sides of the fence and gave to both the Murphy and Bysiewicz campaigns.
Many of the donors are active in Waterford politics, including Adam Laben of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Julia Kushigan and Atul Shah, both part of the Ethics Commission. Perhaps the most recognizable donor was State Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, who twice wrote $100 checks to the Murphy campaign.
No Waterford resident gave to , with Shays being thrashed in the polls by McMahon. McMahon is using mostly her own money to run her multi-million dollar campaign.