Esty donates $50,000 to gun violence prevention program
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has donated $50,000 of her remaining campaign funds to a gun violence prevention program.
Newtown Action Alliance announced the Democrat’s contribution Thursday, the same day Esty’s 5th District successor, Democratic U.S. Rep.-elect Jahana Hayes, was being sworn into office in Washington, D.C.
The alliance’s chairwoman, Po Murray, says the contribution will be used to expand a program that helps students raise public awareness about gun-violence prevention.
Newtown Action Alliance was formed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, which occurred shortly before Esty first took office.
Esty didn’t seek a fourth term after facing criticism for her handling of a harassment case in her office. As of Sept. 30, her campaign account had $942,320 remaining. Those are the most recent available figures.