Monday, April 21, 2014
Two Westporters are among a dozen Connecticut donors who gave a total of $800,000 to the Republican Governors Association in the first quarter of 2014, money the state GOP hopes will flow back to its campaign to unseat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a vulnerable first-term Democrat.
With individuals and corporations able to make unlimited contributions, the money came from just six individuals and six companies, led by a $250,000 check from Linda McMahon, twice the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, according to a Connecticut Mirror analysis of IRS filings.
Westporter Thomas E. McInerney, the chief executive officer of Bluff Point Associates, a private equity firm based in Westport, gave $100,000. And David H. McCormick of Westport, the co-president of the Westport-based hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, gave $25,000 to the Republican group.
No one else from Bridgewater, including its billionaire founder, Ray Dalio, worth an estimated $14 billion by Forbes, gave to either the Republican or Democrat group.
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At today’s press conference held by Senatory Blumenthal, Nancy Alderman, president of North Haven-based Environment and Human Health Inc., who was both at Friday’s Blumenthal announcement and the Hamden PZC meeting, stated she is thrilled the issue is being brought to the White House.
“We are forever grateful to Senator Blumenthal and the executive branch for bringing this forward,’’ Alderman said. “What we really need is Congressional hearings on how these fields got approved in the first place.’’
EHHI called for a moratorium on the installation of fields using crumb rubber in 2006. Connecticut failed to halt the use of this product and towns installed fields and playgrounds. Children have played on the products for a decade.
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