John Shaban, a Republican candidate for attorney general, withdrew his application for public campaign financing Wednesday.

“We’re going to run an old-fashioned campaign without taxpayer dollars now,” Shaban said.

According to latest SEEC filings, Shaban had raised almost $19,000 as of early April. He would have had to raise $76,000 in contributions of $100 or less in to qualify for a grant of up to $750,000 from the state’s Clean Elections Program.

The decision to leave the program allows Shaban to accept campaign contributions in amounts up to $2,000, according to state law.

A former state representative from Redding, Shaban said the move was prompted by the new support of some new deep-pocketed donors.

He declined to name his benefactors, but noted that he recently won an endorsement from former U.S. Comptroller General Dave Walker, who dropped a bid for governor this year. Shaban’s donors and endorsers are “overlapping spheres,” he said.

Hours after withdrawing from the program, Shaban schmoozed with Greenwich Republican Town Committee members over steaks and cocktails in a private dining room at Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse. He was among a dozen GOP candidates for statewide and congressional seats who jockeyed for support and campaign dollars at the event.

Shaban is a corporate and environmental lawyer at Whitman, Breed, Abbott and Morgan LLC in Greenwich.

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