Roraback says dire finance report a mistake caused by a computer glitch

State Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, blamed a computer glitch for a campaign finance report on the Federal Election Commission website that lists his congressional campaign as has having no available cash.

“That would be a stop-the-presses event,” Roraback said minutes after midnight’s Sunday electronic filing deadline. His campaign was trying to file an amended report with the correct information: $113,666 raised for the period ending June 30, with $263,000 cash on hand.

Roraback, who is one of four Republicans and three Democrats running for the open seat in the 5th District, said he was unable to reach anyone at the FEC, and the computer system was not accepting an amended report.

He said the electronic report on the FEC website has at least two major mistakes: It overstated expenditures and listed him beginning the three-month period with no cash, when he started with more than $267,000.

He blamed the errors on the finance software his campaign is using. He said his actual total of $164,000 is the most money raised by any candidate for the quarter, other than Democrat Elizabeth Esty. But one of this GOP opponents, Mark Greenberg, has loaned his own campaign about $1.5 million.

The quarterly report covers a shortened period from April 29, because candidates in Connecticut had to file a separate fourth report in April before the convention. When money raised in that period is added,  Roraback raised $164,000 for a full quarter, beginning April 1.