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Race for mayor in Stamford a $1 million enterprise

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STAMFORD, CT (AP) -

Stamford's mayor's race is a million-dollar affair.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that more than $1.1 million has been spent on the city's mayoral race, with Republican Michael Fedele and Democrat David Martin hauling in a combined $750,000.

Fedele leads in fundraising, collecting $459,388 from individual contributions, political committees and personal. Martin has raised $314,177.

The Republican has the overall fundraising edge, but Martin outpaced Fedele in individual contributions collected during the most recent reporting period.

Rep. William Tong, who lost the Democratic primary to Martin, had raised $313,000.

Fedele is so far the only candidate to purchase TV ads.

Gary Rose, a political science professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, said Stamford's close connections to Wall Street helps pull in money to finance political races.

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