Blumenthal finds Bysiewicz misused taxpayer resources with contact database

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal concluded today that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz misused taxpayer-funded resources by maintaining a computer database of political supporters.

“While much of the information placed in the database was related to legitimate state purposes, some of the information maintained, particularly the ‘special notes,’ was inappropriate – even if not demonstrably a violation of law – for a database subject to public disclosure,” Blumenthal wrote in a report posted on his office’s Internet site. The attorney general was not immediately available for comment.

Those “special notes” included descriptions of various contacts’ medical issues and choices of clothing as well as their favorite political candidates.

Bysiewicz was not available for an interview but issued a written statement through a spokesman.

“We have reviewed the attorney general’s report and we are pleased with its two most fundamental findings: first, the database we use is a very valuable tool for state employees in providing constituent service and in managing the many Constitutional and statutory functions of this office; and second, no law was broken. We are implementing all of the recommendations contained in the report.”