Republican Tom Foley, who self-funded his 2010 campaign for governor, has decided that he'll apply for public financing this time around.
Foley has already said that he raised the required $250,000 in contributions under $100 to qualify for the program, but it was unclear whether he would actually apply.
Christopher Cooper, Foley's spokesman, confirmed on Tuesday that Foley plans to seek the public funding. If his application is approved, the businessman and former ambassador will get public cash to find his primary and general election campaigns.
It also means he will not be able to tap his personal resources as he did in 2010.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has already said he plans to apply for the same funding program.
Foley won the party's endorsement. Two other Republicans -- Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and state Sen. John McKinney -- say they'll participate in public financing, too.