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.
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.
As treasurer of a Super PAC, Charlie Spies spent $142 million in support of Mitt Romney in 2012, using 90 percent of the money to attack Romney’s rivals. He is a believer, defender and advocate of the right to make unlimited, independent campaign expenditures. And he is Tom Foley’s lawyer.
State elections officials accepted a settlement Wednesday with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley over a $15,504 poll he commissioned last spring through his out-of-state, independent political group, Voters for Good Government.