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Posted inPolitics

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.

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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.

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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.

Posted inJustice, Politics

SEEC OKs record $325,000 settlement in Malloy campaign case

The Connecticut Democratic Party and the State Elections Enforcement Commission agreed Monday to settle a case that threatened to undermine campaign finance reforms inspired by the scandal that forced Gov. John G. Rowland from office in 2004. The party will pay a record $325,000 over 27 months to settle allegations of impropriety involving use of state contractor contributions in 2014 to support the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.