CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM RALLY AT WESTON CENTER
How this began: S.E.E.C. previous reports including 2014 election matter...latest...
LATEST ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE GAME - PAC EXPLOSION!!! EVERYBODY'S DOIN' IT (INDIVIDUAL LEGISLATORS).
Tensions continue between CT lawmakers, election watchdog
Ken Dixon June 22, 2019 - https://www.ctinsider.com/politics/greenwichtime/article/Tensions-continue-between-CT-lawmakers-election-14029269.php
"...A bill that would have massively changed the state’s election
watchdog died without action in the House, but the legislation easily
passed the state Senate with little discussion on the next-to-last day
of the session.
"State regulators and voter-rights watchdogs breathed easier but criticized the attempt.
“'This was in the dead of the night, with no discussion and no
transparency in the process,' said Cheri Quickmire, executive director
of the election watchdog Common Cause in Connecticut.
“'It’s absolutely unacceptable. People don’t know what’s going on when
leadership drops a 48-page bill at 11 p.m. in the last 24 hours of the
General Assembly. That is really worrisome.'”
Two years later, Democrat candidate for State Senate fined. He is running again.
S.E.E.C. fines losing candidate 2016.
State Elections Enforcement Commission June 20th Meeting
Recorded On: 6/20/2018
In the 2017 Implementer...LWVCT testified against provision, bill had PH but did not get to the floor: https://ctmirror.org/2017/10/30/tucked-in-budget-shorter-leash-on-election-watchdogs/
Democrats pay off fine early: https://ctmirror.org/2017/09/29/democrats-make-final-payment-on-325k-settlement/
BIG $$ SETTLEMENT: https://ctmirror.org/2016/06/15/democrats-agree-to-tentative-settlement-in-malloy-campaign-case/
Final decision by Feds: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/State-Democrats-off-the-hook-in-federal-probe-10903461.php
Foley decision by State: https://ctmirror.org/2013/10/16/settlement-ends-seec-investigation-foley/
And another: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/upload/2014/09/File_No._2013-176.pdf
Ted Kennedy Jr.'s 2014 Campaign, Still Under Scrutiny, Shows Election-Reform Troubles
Hartford Courant dates this story for Sunday, April 2???
And read above how she closed it, too.
U.S. attorney opens probe of Malloy’s 2014 campaign fundraising
By: Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas | July 22, 2016
A federal grand jury with the power to subpoena documents and compel
testimony is trying to do what state elections regulators could not:
Resolve whether the Connecticut Democratic Party and Gov. Dannel P.
Malloy broke the law in soliciting contributions from state contractors
for his re-election in 2014....story in full: http://ctmirror.org/2016/07/22/grand-jury-to-probe-democrats-fundraising-for-malloys-re-election/
Critic: Democrats In Effect Were 'Pleading The 5th
June 18, 2016
When the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) and the state
Democratic Party agreed in recent days to settle lawsuits and shut down a
state investigation into Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's 2014 campaign
finances, they failed to silence lingering criticisms, such as the claim
that the deal cheats the public out of its right to know...
Story in full: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-lender-subpoena-deal-fallout-20160618-column.html
S.E.E.C. prior reports
Thumbs Down On The SEEC Settlement With State Dems
Dan Klau CT Good Governance Blog
June 17, 2016
Earlier this week the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC)
settled a long-running, high-profile case involving the Connecticut
Democratic Party (CDP). Although the terms of the settlement are
commendable in many respects–including imposing the largest election law
violation fine (excuse me, “voluntary payment”) in state history–the
SEEC exercised poor judgment in deciding to settle the case. Rightly or
wrongly, justly or unjustly, the settlement creates the appearance that a
major political party in Connecticut can “buy” its way out of an
embarrassing investigation by the chief regulator of our state campaign
finance laws. [Disclosure: I am a Democrat and have contributed to the
CDP in the past.]...story in full: https://ctgoodgov.com/2016/06/17/thumbs-down-on-the-seec-settlement-with-state-dems/
Pressure On For Lawyers To Settle Democratic Party Subpoena Case
Secret Talks Delay Ruling On Democrats' Defiance Of Subpoena For Malloy Campaign Emails
June 4, 2016
It's decision time in the long-running lawsuit over whether Democrats
can be forced to hand state investigators Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's 2014
campaign emails — but lawyers for both sides have asked a judge to delay
his ruling for two more weeks to permit one final attempt at settling
...For Democrats and Malloy, settling the case would mean the end of
continual headlines about alleged illegal campaign spending and their
defiance of an investigatory subpoena with another election approaching
Story in full: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-lender-subpoena-talks-0605-20160604-column.html
Hearing to continue in Malloy mailings dispute
Nov. 29, 2015 9:45amEST
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Lawyers for state elections officials and the
state Democratic Party will be returning to court in a dispute over
whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's
re-election campaign last year...http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CT_GOVERNOR_CONNECTICUT_CAMPAIGN_LAW_CTOL-?SITE=CTNHR&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-11-29-09-45-34
Lender at the Courant Nov. 21, 2015: "'...At a time when upwards
of 90 percent of voters in both major parties say money in politics is a
problem, Connecticut Democrats are going backwards toward corruption
and the era of John Rowland,' said Karen Hobert-Flynn, senior vice
president of the advocacy group Common Cause..."
2015 - House Democrats suggest eliminating Citizen's Election program..."Cheri Quickmire, executive director of Connecticut’s Common Cause
chapter, said voters across the country and in Connecticut want to know
candidates are listening to them and not “big money.”
She said there are things that need to be fixed, but 'we think the
basic model is still viable and is still something we should be
Article in full: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/public_financing_is_safe_for_now/
Campaign finance is an issue that merges with F.O.I. law - disclosure and timely disclosure can make a difference on elections, which in turn, affect political patronage.
RALLY: April 12, 2014
AS YOU CAN SEE, IT WAS A LOVELY AFTERNOON...FOR ANYTHING...AND LATER, IN MAY, THIS, FROM COMMON CAUSE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL...
The people first.
Mother and daughter in league together to protest recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance.
All three who came spoke: Rep. Fawcett, Rep. Steinberg and Rep. Hwang (above - link added Feb. 27, 2015).
Quite the rally!
Serious stuff, as the partners in the coalition: Common Cause (Cheri Quickmire), CT League
of Women Voters and Connecticut Citizen Action Group, CONNPERG, and
And the legislators stand with the coalition...
Thank you organizers Common Cause and Fran!
PAC shielded $2.3 million in donations by L.A. charter school backers
Referenced in te Atlantic article is the above link.
Courthouse News Service
Connecticut Presses Democrats on Subpoena
By CHRISTINE STUART , CTNEWSJUNKIE
Monday, August 10, 2015Last Update: 10:48 AM PT
HARTFORD, Ct. (CN) - Connecticut's attorney general has taken his own
party, the Democrats, to court to enforce a subpoena issued by election
regulators. The enforcement action filed Wednesday stems from a
2014 complaint by the Republican Party with the state.
Connecticut's State Elections Enforcement Commission had opened an
investigation into the complaint, but Democratic State Central Committee
attorney David Golub sent a letter on June 15, three days before that
deadline, saying it would not answer the subpoena for documents.
The Hartford Superior Court now faces a petition to enforce the subpoena
after the commission voted to refer the matter to the Attorney
General's Office for enforcement.
"The SEEC unsuccessfully sought to obtain the voluntary cooperation of
the DSCC in its request for information relevant to its investigation of
the complaint," the enforcement action states.
"Due to the DSCC's refusal to voluntarily comply with requests for
information from the SEEC, on May 28, 2015, the Commission issued an
Assistant Attorney General Maura Osborne alleges that the party has not
produced copies of all bank statements for funds deposited into its
federal account. It also has not produced documents to show that it
segregated state contractor funds within the federal account.
Story in full: www.courthousenews.com/2015/08/10/connecticut-presses-democrats-on-subpoena.htm
Cash Keeps Pouring In To Democratic Party Campaign Account At Center Of Probe
August 8, 2015
Somebody might reasonably think that the state Democratic party would be
slowing its use of its so-called "federal account" for campaign
activities...story in full:
Unnoticed Legislation Converted 32 Merit-System Employees Into Political Appointees
July 11, 2015
Tucked quietly into the massive state budget-implementation bill
approved in a June 29 special legislative was an intriguing provision
that removed 32 highly paid jobs at state executive-branch agencies –
including communications directors and legislative liaisons – from the
state's merit system...
However, when told of the legislative change Friday, a good-government
advocate questioned the fact that it materialized seemingly out of
nowhere in a one-day special session, after a five-month legislative
session during which it never came up publicly...
Story from Hartford Courant - http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-lender-more-political-appointees-0712-20150711-column.html#page=1
Sharkey and GOP vs. Senate Democrats on campaign reform
By: Mark Pazniokas | March 26, 2015
Money illustrationThe Senate Democratic majority is blocking House
Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and minority Republicans from
closing a loophole in Connecticut’s system of publicly financing
campaigns — the parties' ability to funnel unlimited special-interest
money to taxpayer-supported candidates.
A foundational element of the voluntary public financing program was a
cap on spending and contributions, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the
Democratic majority neutered those caps in 2013 with revisions allowing
unlimited coordinated expenditures on legislative races by the state
The result is that state parties are free to funnel unlimited amounts of
money from major donors to taxpayer-supported campaigns. Donors who can
only give $100 directly to a publicly financed candidate can indirectly
give them $10,000 through the state party.
Taxpayers spent $33.4 million on publicly financed campaigns in 2014.
With a committee deadline on campaign bills fast approaching, the Senate
Democrats are standing fast, saying the parties must have the ability
to pump unlimited funds into campaigns as a defense against independent
“It’s still being driven by outside money. That is a major issue,
millions of dollars are being thrown into elections that you can’t
control,” said Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester. “You have to have some
protection against it. Nobody knows better than me.”
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]
Story in full from CT MIRROR originally: CTcampaignfinance2014-15.docx
Story in full: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/state_election_regulators_say_dem_request_would_cynically_circumvent_ct_law/
Election Regulators Call NU Solicitation ‘Egregious’
by Christine Stuart | Sep 16, 2014 1:55pm
The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed a complaint against
Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas May Tuesday, but not before offering
some harsh criticism of the solicitation the state contractor sent last
September to his employees.
“The next gubernatorial election is upon us, and I am asking each of you
to join me in financially supporting Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P.
Malloy,” May wrote in his Sept. 27, 2013 email to company managers. The
email, which was sent from May’s gmail account, suggested that donations
be made to the Connecticut Democratic State Central’s federal account.
State election law prohibits state contractors from contributing to
state party accounts or the campaigns of statewide candidates.
“The Commission does conclude that the content of the solicitation by
Mr. May is both offensive and disturbing and violates the spirit and
intent of the Connecticut state contractor ban,” the 5-0 decision to
dismiss the complaint reads.
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CTNEWSJUNKIE website]
To read the full story: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/democratic_party_wants_to_use_federal_account_for_malloy_mailer/
DGA loses challenge, but can still support Malloy’s election
By: Mark Pazniokas
June 11, 2014
A federal judge's decision Tuesday leaves intact the state's regulatory
authority over independent campaign expenditures by groups such as the
Democratic Governors Association, but it does not block the DGA
from supporting the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall denied the association’s request
for an injunction blocking the enforcement of state campaign finance
laws, concluding that its speculation of possible unconstitutional
enforcement action gave it no legal standing to sue.
In a 41-page decision, the judge offered sympathy regarding the
difficulties of parsing evolving legal restrictions on campaign finance,
but she made clear there is no evidence that the DGA is in imminent
danger from the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
At issue was the question of potential illegal coordination between the
DGA, which is expected to spend millions of dollars to support the
first-term Democratic governor’s re-election this fall, and Malloy, who
has been raising money for the association in Connecticut and
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT Mirror website]
Common Cause to fight against income inequality
By Brian Charles, New Haven Register
Posted: 05/05/14, 3:34 PM EDT
NEW HAVEN >> Newly minted Common Cause President Miles Rapoport
said his organization will begin to focus largely on inequality issues
to combat the widening income and wealth divide.
“It seems to me that (if) John Gardner, who was the founder of Common
Cause, was alive today, this would be front and center in his agenda,
and it needs to be front and center in our agenda,” said Rapoport, a
former secretary of the state. “We are now more unequal as a society
than we were in 1913, when the federal income tax was enacted.”
Rapoport’s comments came during a Monday meeting with the New Haven Register editorial board.
Common Cause, established in 1970, has 35 chapters from Connecticut to
California. The progressive-leaning advocacy group has long defended
voting rights, fought for campaign finance reform and government
accountability. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United
ruling and the subsequent rise of Super PACs, the wealthy have been able
to exert more influence on politics, Rapoport said. That excessive
influence was part of what moved the nonprofit to engage in the economic
“Do we want one-tenth of 1 percent (of the population) to be so dominant in politics?” he said.
The recent Supreme Court rulings on campaign finance have allowed hoards
of cash to enter politics with little to no oversight, which Rapoport
said was “a recipe for politics that doesn’t serve all people.”
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the New Haven Register website]