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CT GOP, Democrats joust over Malloy’s fundraising

The Connecticut Republican Party filed a complaint Wednesday accusing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of illegally soliciting a state contractor for a campaign contribution to the state Democratic Party while on a fundraising trip to California a week ago. But the GOP offered no evidence that the contractor made a contribution, much less that Malloy violated campaign finance laws, which allow the solicitation of state contractors under certain circumstances. “This is a baseless complaint and an empty stunt for a press release,” said James Hallinan, a spokesman for the Connecticut Democrats. “What they allege happened, didn’t happen.”

Zak Sanders, a spokesman for the Republicans, acknowledged the basis for the complaint was thin: He relied on press reports about a tweet from a congressional candidate, David Peterson, who thanked Lenny Mendonca for hosting an “event” attended by Malloy in California. Mendonca is a director of McKinsey & Company, a state contractor. Continue Reading →

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