Valerie Horsley has received a Citizen’s Election Program Grant for her State Senate campaign. She qualified for the grant by raising over $15,300 in contributions from donors, including 300 residents of towns in the 17th District. She will receive a grant of $39,410 for the primary election. She is the first democrat in the 17th District to receive the grant.
“I’m thankful for the support of my friends and neighbors who helped me get this grant. I’m also grateful that Connecticut has this program that allows people that are not rich, like me, to run for public office,” Horsley says.
The Citizen’s Election Program is a voluntary program that allows qualifying candidates to receive public financing after demonstrating their eligibility for the ballot and substantial public support and agreeing to follow the program’s clean election rules. The program has dramatically changed the way candidates raise money by reducing the influence of wealthy donors and special interests while increasing meaningful citizen engagement. Grants are provided by the Citizen’s Election Fund, which is supported primarily through the sale of abandoned property in the State’s custody and voluntary donations.