Washington – Shelton businessman Dan Debicella, a Republican, has raised more than $1 million in his efforts to oust Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District.

But Himes has outpaced his rival, having pulled in about $2.5 million in campaign funds as of Sept. 30, according to the candidates’ latest quarterly filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

There’s also a great difference in how much cash the candidates had on hand at the end of the filing period to help their campaigns in the crucial few weeks before the Nov. 4 elections.

Himes reported $1.8 million in available funds, Debicella $114,314.

One reason Himes, who is also the chief fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has raised more money than Debicella is that the incumbent Democrat was able to attract more donations from political action committees, or PACs.

Himes raised $990,000 from PACs while Debicella raised $26,000.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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