Foley says he's raised enough to qualify for funds

Hartford (AP) - Greenwich businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley says he's raised enough in contributions to qualify for a grant under Connecticut's public financing system.

The party's 2010 candidate, Foley announced Thursday he's collected $254,102 in small contributions, more than the $250,000 needed to qualify for $1.25 million if there's a primary and $6 million for the general election. The announcement comes in advance of Saturday's Republican State Convention where a candidate will be endorsed.

Foley spokesman Chris Cooper said the wealthy candidate has yet to decide whether he'll follow through with using the public system, however. In 2010, he spent more than $10 million of his own money.

Records show Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had raised $151,486 as of May 5. He's expected to be endorsed at today's Democratic convention.

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