By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN and SUSAN HAIGH
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon has donated generously to Republican town committees, the state Republican Party and various local candidates as she pursues a seat in the U.S. Senate for Connecticut.
A review of state election records by The Associated Press shows McMahon has contributed about $41,000 since 2009 to more than 70 town committees, grassroots political organizations that appoint delegates to the state convention. She also has given tens of thousands of dollars to Connecticut Republicans and $8,000 to other state candidates and committees.
McMahon is making her second bid for Senate after falling short in 2010.
The donations dwarf those of other candidates. Opponents have accused her of trying to buy her way into office.
Her campaign says the donations are intended to strengthen the party.