Clark to file FEC complaint about Rowland’s role in 5th CD

Mike Clark, the congressional candidate who investigated Gov. John G. Rowland as an FBI agent, said today he will file a federal elections complaint to force an opponent, Lisa Wilson-Foley, to disclose whether her husband’s business is paying Rowland for campaign consulting.

Rowland, who pled guilty to corruption charges after he resigned in 2004, is helping Wilson-Foley as a volunteer, according to her campaign. But Rowland also has been paid by her husband’s business.

Another congressional candidate, Mark Greenberg, says Rowland sought an off-the-books consulting arrangement with him during the 2010 campaign.

Clark, who is competing with Wilson-Foley and Greenberg for the GOP nomination in the 5th District, delivered his first strong critique of Rowland’s role in the campaign.

Chris Healy, a spokesman for Wilson-Foley, had no immediate comment.

Clark’s statement:

“During my 22 years as an FBI Special Agent, I investigated and fought corruption in municipal and state government. With a team of agents and prosecutors, I worked to put politicians behind bars who used taxpayer dollars for personal interest, including former Governor John Rowland.

“I am dismayed that Lisa Wilson-Foley appears to have turned towards the very corruption I fought by welcoming assistance from the formerly-jailed ex-Governor. An alliance between a Congressional candidate and a convicted felon who was found to have deceived the residents of Connecticut from the state’s highest office is mind-boggling. This does more than raise eyebrows – it calls into question the very integrity of Wilson-Foley’s campaign, particularly as evidence continues to surface regarding Rowland’s past attempts to receive campaign money from other candidates through illicit means.

“My investigations ensured that Connecticut citizens have increased transparency and accountability from their elected officials. I call on Lisa Wilson-Foley personally to immediately provide the transparency required of a public servant.

“Lisa Wilson-Foley must publicly disclose any and all agreements between Brian Foley, his associated businesses, and John Rowland. She must disclose all agreements between herself, her campaign, Apple Rehab and any member of the Rowland family. These disclosures must include all dates and amounts of payments, as well as full explanations for any non-disclosure to this point. Further, I have instructed my staff to file a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission, seeking its investigation regarding this alleged activity.

“Credibility and character cannot be overlooked in this race. In light of these questionable circumstances, condoning Wilson-Foley’s candidacy will only serve to hand the Fifth District seat to the Democrats.”