Richard Blumenthal

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Richard Blumenthal
Richard Blumenthal.jpg
U.S. Senate, Connecticut
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorChristopher Dodd (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 2016
Campaign $$8,733,486
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut Attorney General
Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut House of Representatives
United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corp Reserve
Years of service1970-1976
Date of birthFebruary 13, 1946
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York City, New York
Net worth(2012) $103,803,192
Office website
Campaign website
Richard Blumenthal (b. February 13, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Connecticut.[1] Blumenthal was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Blumenthal previously served as the Connecticut Attorney General from 1991 to 2011, as a member of the Connecticut State Senate from 1987 to 1991 and as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Blumenthal is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Blumenthal's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Blumenthal serves on the following committees:[4]


Blumenthal served on the following Senate committees:[5]

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Personnel
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Airland
  • United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
    • Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
    • Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee
  • United States Senate Special Committee on Aging
  • Veterans' Affairs Committee


Blumenthal served on the following Senate committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Blumenthal's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Blumenthal voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Blumenthal was one of nine Democratic senators who voted against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Blumenthal voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Blumenthal voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[16]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Blumenthal voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[9]


Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Blumenthal voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Blumenthal voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Blumenthal voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[17]


On The Issues Vote Match

Richard Blumenthal's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Blumenthal is a Liberal Populist. Blumenthal received a score of 46 percent on social issues and 11 percent on economic issues.[18]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[19]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Neutral
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[18] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

Military action in Iraq

In June 2014, Blumenthal commented that President Barack Obama should seek a congressional vote before any military involvement in Iraq. Blumenthal said, "He should seek a vote if he contemplates any involvement. And I mean any involvement or prolonged military forces there [in Iraq]."[20]

Sanctions on Russian banks

On September 17, 2013, Blumenthal urged President Barack Obama’s administration to enforce sanctions on Russian banks that he said were helping to finance the Syrian government’s war against rebel groups.[21]

He said he sent a letter with three other senators - Kelly Ayotte, John Cornyn and Jeanne Shaheen – urging U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to target the banks, which he said were violating existing sanctions under U.S. executive orders.[21]

Attorney General


Gay Marriage

On May 17, 2004, Blumenthal released a legal opinion arguing that same-sex couples could not marry in Connecticut because the state's "statutes do not allow or authorize issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples."[22] He did suggest, however, that the law could be altered, but that responsibility was left up to the Connecticut General Assembly.

Interstate air pollution

In 1997, Blumenthal, in collaboration with then-Governor of Connecticut John G. Rowland, petitioned for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address the issue of interstate air pollution from both the Midwest and Southeastern portions of the country. This petition was filed in accordance with Section 126 of the Clean Air Act, which allows a state to request pollution reductions from out-of-state sources that contribute significantly to its air quality problems.[23]

Richard Blumenthal for Senate Campaign logo

Six years later, Blumenthal, along with eleven other state attorneys general, filed suit to prevent what they argued were the "changes that threaten to gut the New Source Review (NSR) section of the federal Clean Air Act." Specifically, they objected to the "new regulation [that] states that any modification costing up to 20 percent of the replacement cost of the unit will be considered routine maintenance – and therefore exempt from pollution controls, even if the plant modification produces much higher levels of air pollution."[24] A number of local governments, including the New York City and various Connecticut municipalities, were also plaintiffs in the suit.


In May 2007, Blumenthal demanded that the social networking website, MySpace, turn over a list of known sex offenders who used the site. After initially refusing, Blumenthal, in conjunction with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, both of whom co-chaired the state attorney general task force on social networking, issued a subpoena. In response, MySpace announced that "it has identified about 90,000 convicted registered sex offenders on the site, 40,000 more than previously acknowledged"[25] and that it would turn over the information to the Attorney General's Office for further investigation. Republican state chairman Chris Healy, a fervent Blumenthal critic, praised the state attorney general's action in this matter.[26]

Stanley Works

On May 10, 2002, both Blumenthal and Connecticut State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier helped halt a hostile takeover of the New Britain-based hardware manufacturer Stanley Works, a major Connecticut employer, by filing a lawsuit alleging that a shareowner vote to reincorporate the company in Bermuda was ripe with 'irregularities' and that it "misrepresented how the move to Bermuda could affect shareowners."[27] The matter was referred to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 3 for further investigation. Twenty-two days later, Blumenthal testified before the United States House Ways and Means Committee arguing that "long-time American corporations with operations in other countries can dodge tens of millions of dollars in federal taxes by the device of reincorporating in another country" by "simply [filing] incorporation papers in a country with friendly tax laws, open a post-office box and hold an annual meeting there" and that Stanley Works, along with "Cooper Industries, Seagate Technologies, Ingersoll-Rand and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, to name but a few, have also become pseudo-foreign corporations for the sole purpose of saving tax dollars." He stated that "Corporations proposing to reincorporate to Bermuda, such as Stanley, often tell shareholders that there is no material difference in the law"[28] but said that this was not the case and was misleading to their shareholders. In order to rectify this situation, Blumenthal championed House Resolution 3884: Corporate Patriot Enforcement Act of 2002 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent corporations from avoiding the United States income tax by reincorporating in a foreign country.[29]

The cooperative efforts of Blumenthal and Nappier were not without criticism. An editorial appearing in the May 9, 2003, edition of the Wall Street Journal stated that "Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and GOP Congresswoman Nancy Johnson will no doubt now want to take some responsibility for the company's decision this week to lay off 1,000 workers and close nine facilities."[30]

Terrorist Surveillance Program

In October 2007, Blumenthal was only one of four state attorneys general lobbying Congress to reject proposals to provide immunity from litigation to telecommunication firms that cooperated with the federal government's terrorist surveillance program following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blumenthal insisted that "granting immunity would short-circuit pending litigation seeking to allow Connecticut and other states to investigate whether telecommunications companies broke state privacy laws prohibiting release of caller information without warrants."[31] While liberal political activist groups like the ACLU and pushed for suits against telecommunications firms, such action was opposed by both Bush administration officials and California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who held the pivotal vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee.[32]


See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

Blumenthal was one of six state attorneys general, all of whom belonged to the Democratic Party, who received the highest rating, a letter grade of A+, from the June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the embattled liberal political organization, ACORN. The report was published in an effort to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group.[33]

CEI rating, 2007

In an analysis of state attorneys general published in January 2007, Blumenthal was named The Nation's Worst Attorney General by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Judged based on dubious dealings, fabricating law, usurping legislative power and predatory practices, the Connecticut Attorney General received a letter grade of F in all four categories. CEI called Blumenthal "a tireless crusader for growing the power of his own office and spreading largesse to his cronies."[34]

CEI rating, 2010

In an analysis of state attorneys general published in July 2010, Blumenthal was named "The Nation's Third Worst Attorney General" by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. Basing their criteria on dubious dealings, fabricating law, usurping legislative power and predatory practices, the Connecticut Attorney General, who at the time of the publication was a gubernatorial candidate, received a letter grade of F in all four categories. The CEI called Blumenthal "a left-wing ideologue who has used the power of his office to spread largesse to cronies."[35]

Eddie Perez

In November 2007, Blumenthal appeared at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, Connecticut, in an effort to raise money, approximately $100 per person, in support of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez. Months before, Perez had announced that police had searched his house after it was alleged that he "allowed a contractor [who had received city business] to spend around $30,000 to fix his bathroom."[36] An arrest warrant was issued for Perez charging him with bribery, fabricating evidence and conspiracy to fabricate evidence in January 2009. Eight months later, the Hartford Mayor was arrested again, this time facing extortion charges stemming from a no-bid parking lot deal.

PAC contributions

In an interview conducted on MSNBC's morning program, Morning Joe, in January 2010, Blumenthal argued that he had never accepted PAC contributions, stating, “I have never taken PAC money and I have rejected all special interest money because I have stood strong and have taken legal action against many of those special interests.”[37][38] However, an examination of the Democratic candidate's campaign finance reports on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) website shows that the Connecticut Attorney General's senatorial campaign took in nearly $200,000 in the first quarter of 2010 and that as of late-August 2010 the number had ballooned to as much as $480,000.[39]

Blumenthal's campaign insisted, however, that the Democratic candidate never lied. He contended that in the interview he was referring to his twenty years as the state's top law enforcer because "of the unique features of that job."[40] The context of the January 2010 interview reveals otherwise as the female news reporter, just prior to Blumenthal's comment in regards to accepting PAC contributions, was asking about the race for the Senate seat and how expensive the campaign would be. When pressed further about how expensive the race would be, he remarked that "he was going to run a “very grass-roots campaign” and seek fundraising “from ordinary citizens.”"[41]

Vietnam comment

Words spoken in 2008 at the Veterans War Memorial Building in Shelton, Connecticut, to honor those who served during the Vietnam conflict came back to haunt State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. In his speech at the event, he recalled "the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse” visited upon him and his fellow soldiers when they returned home from combat.[42][43] The New York Times also cited at least eight other local newspaper stories published between 2003 and 2009 baring similar comments from Blumenthal.

The problem is that not only did Blumenthal never serve in Vietnam, but that he deliberately sought "at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war."[43] When he was confronted about the issue in an interview, he argued that he could not possibly be knowledgeable about every single thing that is written about him and dodge the matter of whether or not his office had taken steps to correct the inaccuracies.[44]

What made the issue all the more contentious is that one of the five Republican candidates that challenged Blumenthal in the 2010 election was former Congressman Rob Simmons, who "enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 as a Private, and spent 19 months in Vietnam where he earned two Bronze Star Medals."[45] Blumenthal received severe backlash for the revelation from a number of sources. Andy Levy, an Army Veteran and FOX News commentator, called the Connecticut Attorney General "an utterly despicable coward who claims the bravery and actions of others as your own. Rot in hell."[46] Meanwhile, liberal-leaning pollster Nate Silver suggested that Blumenthal exit the Senate race, arguing that "for a public servant, lying about military service is way worse than lying about an affair."[47]

Blumenthal's senatorial campaign contended that the article was a "hit job" and "full of inaccuracies."[48] The Democratic Senatorial candidate insisted the next day that in spite of the controversy he would remain in the race.[49] On Friday, May 21, 2010, at the state's Democratic convention, Blumenthal received his party's endorsement, but only after his primary opponent, Merrick Alpert, was prevented from speaking and then formally withdrew his name from nomination. Arriving on stage to the tune of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," Blumenthal remarked that he had made mistakes, but that he had taken responsibility for his actions and that the campaign must be about the people of Connecticut.[50][51] Two days after accepting the party nomination, he formally apologized "for repeatedly referring to himself as a Vietnam veteran or referencing his return from Vietnam," regretting having not been clear or precise about his service in the Marine Corps Reserves.[52]



  • 2010 Race for United States Senate - Democratic Primary
    • Richard Blumenthal ran unopposed in this contest
United States Senate
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Elections, 2010
Primary election dates, 2010
2010 Race for United States Senate - General Election[53]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Richard Blumenthal 54.2%
     Republican Party Linda McMahon 44.2%
     Independent Warren B Mosler 1.0%
     Connecticut for Lieberman John Mertens 0.6%
Total Votes 802,636

Blumenthal wasted no time declaring his candidacy for the United States Senate directly on the heels of Senator Christopher Dodd's announcement on January 6, 2010, that he would be retiring at the end of the congressional term.[1]

Public Policy Polling released information from a survey conducted just prior to Dodd's retirement announcement that showed in a head-to-head matchup, Blumenthal would easily defeat Simmons 59 - 28 percent.[54] Another poll conducted by Quinnipiac University a few days later exhibited Blumenthal's margin of victory over Simmons widening to 62 - 27 percent.[55]

However, after the New York Times broke the story that for years Blumenthal had been lying about having served in Vietnam, Rasmussen conducted a survey of 500 likely voters and found that his lead in the United States Senate had shrunk dramatically to a little over three percentage points.[56] The leading Republican candidate, Linda McMahon, former CEO of Wrestling Entertainment, took credit for tipping off the New York Times about Blumenthal's exaggerations.

On Friday, May 21, 2010, at the state's Democratic convention, Blumenthal received his party's endorsement, but only after his primary opponent, Merrick Alpert, was prevented from speaking and then formally withdrew his name from nomination. Arriving on stage to the tune of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," Blumenthal remarked that he had made mistakes, but that he had taken responsibility for his actions and that the campaign must be about the people of Connecticut.[50] [51] Two days after accepting the party nomination, he formally apologized "for repeatedly referring to himself as a Vietnam veteran or referencing his return from Vietnam," regretting having not been clear or precise about his service in the Marine Corps Reserves.[52]

Polling data published by Rasmussen in early-June 2010 showed that after having formally apologized for claiming he had served in Vietnam, Blumenthal had rebounded and held a twenty-three point lead against leading Republican challenger, Linda McMahon.[57]

On November 2, 2010, Blumenthal won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Linda E. McMahon (R), Warren B. Mosler (I), John Mertens (I), Brian K. Hill (I), Jeff Russel (I), Rodd Vachon (I), Jay J. Giles (I), John Traceski (I), Matthew Coleman (I) and Dave Olszta (I) in the general election.[58]

United States Senate, Connecticut General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Blumenthal Incumbent 52.5% 605,204
     Republican Linda E. McMahon 43.2% 498,341
     Independent Working Families 2.7% 30,836
     Independent Warren B. Mosler 1% 11,275
     Ct. for Lieberman John Mertens 0.6% 6,735
     Independent Brian K. Hill 0% 559
     Independent Jeff Russell 0% 45
     Independent Todd Vachon 0% 45
     Independent Carl E. Vassar 0% 31
     Independent Jay J. Giles 0% 17
     Independent John Traceski 0% 15
     Independent Matthew Coleman 0% 7
     Independent Dave Olszta 0% 5
Total Votes 1,153,115


On November 7, 2006, Richard Blumenthal won re-election to the office of Attorney General of Connecticut. He defeated Robert Farr (R), Nancy Burton (Green) and John M. Joy (Write-in) in the general election.

Attorney General of Connecticut, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Blumenthal Incumbent 74.1% 782,235
     Republican Robert Farr 24.2% 256,018
     Green Nancy Burton 1.7% 17,684
     Write-in John M. Joy 0% 4
Total Votes 1,055,941
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State
  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Richard Blumenthal ran unopposed in this contest


On November 5, 2002, Richard Blumenthal won re-election to the office of Attorney General of Connecticut. He defeated Martha Dean (R) in the general election.

Attorney General of Connecticut, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Blumenthal Incumbent 65.6% 632,351
     Republican Martha Dean 34.4% 330,874
Total Votes 963,225
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State
  • 2002 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Richard Blumenthal ran unopposed in this contest


On November 3, 1998, Richard Blumenthal won re-election to the office of Attorney General of Connecticut. He defeated Santa Mendoza (R) and Richard J. Pober (L) in the general election.

Attorney General of Connecticut, 1998
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Blumenthal Incumbent 30.6% 282,289
     Republican Santa Mendoza 68.5% 631,588
     Libertarian Richard J. Pober 0.8% 7,537
Total Votes 921,414
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State
  • 1998 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Richard Blumenthal ran unopposed in this contest

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Blumenthal attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Blumenthal is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Blumenthal raised a total of $8,733,486 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[59]

Richard Blumenthal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 US Senate (Connecticut) Won $8,733,486
Grand Total Raised $8,733,486

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Blumenthal won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Blumenthal's campaign committee raised a total of $8,733,486 and spent $8,716,686.[60]


2006 Race for Attorney General - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $520,676
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $72,851
Top 5 Contributors Richard Blumenthal $150,000 (28.81% of Total)
Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener $3,000 (0.58%)
Robert Simons $1,500 (0.29%)
Henry S. Miller $1,500 (0.29%)
Paul Warren $1,500 (0.29%)
Individuals v. Institutions $365,463 (70.2%)
$2,000 (0.4%)
In v. Outside State $457,795 (87.9%)
$59,865 (11.5%)

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Blumenthal's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $86,307,329 and $121,299,056. That averages to $103,803,192, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Blumenthal ranked as the 2nd most wealthy senator in 2012.[61] Between 2009 and 2012, Blumenthal's calculated net worth[62] increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[63]

Richard Blumenthal Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:2%
Average annual growth:1%[64]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[65]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Blumenthal received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2009-2014, 26.38 percent of Blumenthal's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[66]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Richard Blumenthal Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $9,948,145
Total Spent $9,417,153
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$712,526
Securities & Investment$609,297
Real Estate$486,205
Health Professionals$262,389
% total in top industry7.16%
% total in top two industries13.29%
% total in top five industries26.38%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Blumenthal was a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 2014. This was the same rating Blumenthal received in June 2013.[67]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[68]

Blumenthal most often votes with:

Blumenthal least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

Blumenthal missed 16 of 1,005 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[69]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Blumenthal paid his congressional staff a total of $1,703,678 in 2011. He ranked 1st on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 9th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranked 14th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[70]

National Journal vote ratings

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Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Blumenthal ranked 5th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2013.[71]


Blumenthal ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012. He was tied with another senator for the ranking.[72]


Blumenthal ranked 37th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[73]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Blumenthal voted with the Democratic Party 97.5 percent of the time, which ranked 8th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[74]


Blumenthal voted with the Democratic Party 97.6 percent of the time, which ranked 8th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[75]


Blumenthal resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife, Cynthia. The couple has four children together.[76]

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  19. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  62. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  63. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  64. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  65. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Chris Dodd
United States Senate
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Clarine Nardi Riddle
Connecticut Attorney General
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George C. Jepsen (D)
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Anthony D. Truglia
Connecticut State Senate - District 27
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George C. Jepsen
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Connecticut House of Representatives - District 145
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