Where Connecticut politicians spent their campaign money

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Connecticut’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all Democrats, are up for re-election this year but have spent more campaign money outside the state than within it in 2015, according to an analysis of disbursement data.

Sometimes campaign spending in state picks up as election day nears.

Jim Himes of the 4th District has spent more than $440,000 on operating expenditures and other disbursements — 88 percent of that in other states like Ohio, California, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Himes, who represents the southwestern part of Connecticut, spent about $96,000 on consultants in 2015.

Representative Joseph Courtney has spent about 60 percent of his campaign money outside Connecticut. Courtney largest expenditures were for payroll and fundraising. He also bought a campaign vehicle from Whaling City Motors in New London for $25,377.


Rosa Delauro, who represents the 3rd District in the southern part of central Connecticut and is running unopposed so far. She’s spent about 40 percent of her campaign money in the state.

She also sent the most money among delegation members – $180,000 – to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Esty outspent the other representatives in accounting and legal.

Eight percent of her disbursements went out of state— mostly to Maryland and Washington, D.C. She spent nearly $87,000 on fundraising and consulting. The Federal Election Commission lists three challengers for her seat, though none has reported any campaign fundraising yet.

In the 1st District, Rep. John Larson has spent more campaign money than any other member of the delegation – $834,000. So far he is also running unopposed for his seat in 2016.

More than 60 percent of his disbursements were spent outside of Connecticut — the bulk in Washington, D.C.

Larson outspent his Connecticut colleagues in catering, event tickets, flowers and gifts, fundraising, printing, travel, and restaurants/food/drink, as well as contributions to other candidates.

He purchased a vehicle with campaign money in February 2015 for $27,125 in East Hartford from Hoffman Auto.

Use the database below to see how representatives listed operating expenditures and other disbursements.

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