By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter

Republican 5th District congressional candidate Andrew Roraback raised $134,307 in the 1st Quarter fundraising period, all of it from individual donors.

That 1st Quarter earning is from 489 individuals, 85 percent of whom live in Connecticut,” Roraback said.

That ties Justin Bernier for the lead in 1st Quarter fundraising among the five Republican candidates for the 5th District nomination, except that Bernier touts that the $134,000 he raised came in smaller amounts from 1,200 different individuals, vs. Roraback’s 489.

Though he said he’s comfortable with his progress, Roraback’s 1st Quarter total represents a $100,000 dip from the previous reporting period — he raised $238,000 in the 4th Quarter.

When asked why the drop, Roraback, also a state senator, said “the legislature was not in session” during the 4th Quarter.

“Fundraising is a factor of how much time you can spend on the phone,” he said.

The 4th Quarter was also Roraback’s first pass at fundraising, which could have been successful in part because of longtime supporters rushing to donate out of the gate.

Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley’s campaign said she raised $115,000 in the 1st Quarter, but that the candidate would match, dollar for dollar, everything the campaign raises from individuals.

Mike Clark raised $34,000, plus a $100,000 loan to his campaign.

The Mark Greenberg campaign has not released a 1st Quarter earnings report yet — the Federal Elections Commission deadline is April 15.

“There are five Republican candidates,” Roraback said. “We all have the same list of people who are inclined to support Republicans.”

To date, the Roraback campaign has raised more than $370,000, “And up in Goshen where I come from, that’s not nothin’,” he said.

Roraback has not loaned or donated any of his own money to the campaign — except for $200 in October “to buy some stamps and to pay for a banner that we still use,” he said.

But he downplays the importance of obsession with fundraising numbers.

“The reality is that money is necessary in politics, but money is not sufficient,” he said. “You need a lot more than money to win an election.”

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