is hurting for actual Connecticut support:
U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd appears to have looked everywhere but his home state to fuel what pundits anticipate will be one of the most hotly contested races in the nation in 2010.
The five-term incumbent reported raising just $4,250 from five Connecticut residents during the first three months of the year while raking in $604,745 from nearly 400 individuals living outside the state.
While incumbents often turn to special interests for early campaign fundraising, Dodd’s out-of-state total seems unusually high and comes at a time when he has been plagued by poor approval ratings among state voters.
Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks federal campaign contributions, said Dodd’s low percentage of in-state funding strikes him as unusual.
“Historically, there is no shortage of campaign money that comes out of Connecticut,” he said. “In 2008, Connecticut ranked 14th, contributing $53 million to all federal candidates and parties.” Ritsch also noted during his last re-election campaign Dodd, a Democrat, raised 30 percent from within Connecticut’s borders.