Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from what they said was an effort to conceal $35,000 in payments to former Gov. John G. Rowland for help with Wilson-Foley’s unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2012. Rowland, now a host on WTIC-AM, was identified as a co-conspirator, meaning he’s the target of a federal corruption investigation for the second time in a decade.
A tangle of shared donors, consultants and a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm link Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley to two independent-expenditure groups, raising a question of illegal coordination should either group air ads to influence the 2014 race for governor. One, whose existence is not widely known, is led by Foley’s campaign treasurer.
Ed Snider is trying to ensure there is no legal cloud over the ability of his company’s subsidiaries to do business with the state. One — Global Spectrum — finalized a 10-year deal July 1 to manage two state-owned venues, the XL Center in Hartford and Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Big donors were scarce, but the Connecticut Democratic Party still managed to raise $133,636 in its workhorse federal account last month, the ninth month the party has raised more than $100,000 in preparation for the 2014 elections.
The GOP’s complaint came amid Malloy’s aggressive fundraising on behalf of the state party, which has used its federal campaign account to raise tens of thousands of dollars from state contractors. State law bars those contractors from contributing to Malloy or the party’s state account.
The Malloy administration tells us all is well, but Connecticut has lost its way.
The Connecticut Democratic Party’s reliance on a federal account to raise money from state contractors who can’t legally give to state campaigns drew a carefully worded caution Tuesday.
Connecticut’s Democratic Party raised $2.1 million through its federal account in 2013, buoyed by a roster of $10,000 donors who include the owner of the 2014 Republican convention venue, the Mohegan Tribe, and executives of companies doing business with the state.
On a day when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the only standard for Democratic Party’s fundraising should be the law, a Republican gubernatorial candidate accused Democrats of breaking campaign finance rules by accepting a $10,000 contribution from Edward Snider, the chief executive officer of Comcast-Spectacor, whose subsidiary manages the XL Center and Rentschler Field.
It might be the most expensive hotel buffet ever served in Hartford: Access to a breakfast with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a Democratic Governors Association conference Wednesday requires a sponsorship of at least $10,000 or a company membership at one of the association’s two premium levels, priced at $100,000 and $250,000.
Their game plan is secret, but the results are public: Solicitors for the Connecticut Democratic Party found generous donors among the ranks of state contractors in October, collecting $78,000 from five companies that did $67 million in business last year with the state.
The campaign of congressional candidate Mark Greenberg says that former Gov. John G. Rowland offered political consulting services before Greenberg ran in 2010, but he wanted to be paid through the candidate’s nonprofit animal shelter — not the campaign. The story, which was first reported by the Register-Citizen and confirmed by Greenberg spokesman Chris Cooper, […]