BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday denied Mayor Joe Ganim’s bid for public financing for his planned run for governor, according to the Connecticut Post .
Earlier this year, the mayor filed a federal lawsuit against the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) for ruling he is disqualified from receiving a public campaign grant for his possible gubernatorial run because he was a convicted felon.
In 2003, Ganim was convicted of racketeering, extortion, bribery and mail fraud during his first stint as mayor and he served seven years in prison.
On Wednesday, Judge Michael P. Shea ruled in favor of the state ban that bars Ganim from millions through the Citizens Election Program, according to the Post.
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