Grow Connecticut, as independent expenditure group buying air time to oppose the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, was created last year by the campaign-finance law firm of Tom Foley, the Republican nominee for governor, after Foley’s ties to another super PAC were exposed by an elections enforcement case.
Tom Foley, the Republican businessman who largely self-funded his $12.8 million campaign for governor in 2010, will accept the public financing and spending limits of the voluntary Citizens Elections Program this year. He will be limited to $1.6 million in the GOP primary, less than half what he spent four years ago.
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.