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CT Dems on hook for consultants’ legal bills in federal probe

A federal investigation into whether Connecticut Democrats illegally raised money in support of the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ended in February without criminal charges — but, as the party reported Wednesday in a campaign finance report, not without significant legal bills. They paid $165,000, mostly to reimburse consultants caught up in the probe. Continue Reading →

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Tucked in budget: Shorter leash on election watchdogs

Connecticut’s legislators are using the bipartisan budget deal struck last week to do what they could not during the regular session: Require the State Elections Enforcement Commission to dismiss complaints against candidates, including lawmakers, that are not resolved in one year. Continue Reading →

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Counterattack at GOP effort to repeal public financing

Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, says she is grateful that she never ran for state office in the days before Connecticut’s public financing system, when a major portion of fundraising took place in Hartford and was geared to collecting checks from lobbyists and their clients. But that didn’t stop her from voting Friday for a budget that would repeal the system. Continue Reading →

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Lauretti, Lembo score big in fundraising debuts

Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti of Shelton and Democratic Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo each raised about $145,000 in their first months as a candidate or exploratory candidate for governor in 2018, new highs for non-incumbents in the era of public financing in Connecticut. Democrat Chris Mattei, a former federal prosecutor seeking office for the first time, raised $118,343 in his first two-plus months as an exploratory candidate. Continue Reading →

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Before and after Trump speech, Democrats pitching for cash

An email solicitation from Connecticut Democrats anticipated bad news Tuesday night in President Trump’s congressional address: “You can expect the GOP Congress to stay on their fee clapping as he talks about defunding Planned Parenthood, stripping away gun reforms, and repealing Obamacare.” But what’s been bad for the Democratic agenda has been decent for its fundraising. Continue Reading →

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Esty, Cope differ sharply, and sometimes agree, in a civil race

WASHINGTON — Overshadowed like other congressional races in Connecticut by the loud and vitriolic presidential race, the matchup between Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty and GOP challenger Clay Cope has been a civil contest between party moderates. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal-Carter contest a quiet race in a stormy election year

WASHINGTON — While the odds that Sen. Richard Blumenthal will be re-elected are among the highest in this year’s U.S. Senate races, he’s also under constant fire from a Republican opponent, state Rep. Dan Carter, who has laid siege to the popular Democrat. Continue Reading →

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Challenger Carter steadily attacks, but Blumenthal remains aloof

WASHINGTON — The campaign tactics of Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dan Carter, are as different as they can be in politics. Blumenthal has largely ignored his challenger, while Carter is waging a death-by-a-thousand-cuts campaign, launching a blizzard of attacks. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s ’14 re-election yields new GOP campaign complaint

A Republican official, Trumbull First Selectman Timothy A. Herbst, filed a complaint Wednesday with the State Elections Enforcement Commission over the Connecticut Democratic Party’s acceptance of free legal representation in defending against a previous GOP complaint. Continue Reading →

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U.S. attorney opens probe of Malloy’s 2014 campaign fundraising

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 Democratic Party and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy broke the law in raising money for his narrow re-election in 2014. Continue Reading →

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A postscript to Malloy campaign case: Did anyone pay a legal bill?

State law does not require an accounting, and the Connecticut Democratic Party won’t provide one. But in the process of defending the party against allegations of using illegal campaign contributions to support the governor’s re-election, David S. Golub may have become its biggest benefactor. There is no record of his charging for a case that other lawyers say could easily have cost six figures. Continue Reading →

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