Ganim campaign has raised almost $525,000

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut Post.

Joe Ganim, the Bridgeport mayor and a Democratic candidate for governor, is reporting he’s raised nearly $525,000 for his campaign, and has around $333,000 in cash-on-hand.

The details of his contributions will be included in a campaign finance report to be filed April 10 with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Ganim — who was re-elected mayor in 2015 after serving a seven-year federal prison sentence for public corruption — is ineligible for the state’s public campaign finance program, which bars convicted felons from receiving public money for campaigns.

“Our fundraising has clearly surpassed expectations and shows the strong support our campaign is generating from Democrats who want a candidate who will build a new Connecticut economy that works for everyone — not just the few,” Ganim said. “That begins by making our cities once again engines of economic growth. We are not going to tax or cut our way out of the state’s fiscal mess. To rebuild our state’s finances, we need to grow our economy and create good-paying jobs for everyone who wants to work.”

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut Post.