Donovan staff blasting foes for self-funding worked for Lamont, who did same
Tom Swan, left, campaign manager for Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan, Democratic candidate for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, addresses the media after a campaign staff member was arrested by the FBI earlier in the week, Friday, June 1, 2012 outside the Capitol in Hartford, Conn. An FBI investigation into the finances of his congressional campaign will not keep Christopher Donovan from running or force him to step down as the Connecticut House speaker, his campaign manager said Friday. (AP Photo/The Record-Journal, Christopher Zajac)
By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter
But it was a different story when those same campaign operatives were working for millionaire Ned Lamont, who also used his personal fortune to bankroll his runs for Senate and governor in 2006 and 2010.
When asked if the $199,000 the campaign spent on legal fees pertaining to Stan Twardy’s independent investigation into allegedly illegal fundraising practices had hurt the campaign, Donovan spokesman Gabe Rosenberg said no: “Not nearly as much as not having the combined $1.3 million our millionaire opponents have put into their own campaigns.”
Swan worked for Lamont, founder of Lamont Digital Systems, in 2006 during a campaign for U.S. Senate, in which Lamont spent almost $17 million of his own money.
“This election isn’t about the people who work for candidates, it’s about the candidates who work for the people,” Rosenberg said in response to the Lamont point. “This isn’t about how the 2006 Senate race was funded, but whether millionaires like former Representative Esty and Dan Roberti are trying to buy the election against the true progressive candidate Chris Donovan.”
“Chris’ campaign is powered by the grassroots,” Rosenberg said, “working families, progressives, and union members who live in towns all across the 5th Congressional District who want a leader that, when it matters, will stand up and always represent them, not corporations or the ultra-rich. Chris has always stood up to protect education and health care for children and seniors, while never being afraid to make millionaires pay their fair share in order to protect the middle-class. The other candidates can write all the personal checks they want, we have the people on our side.”