Outside spending on Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor blew past $10 million Friday night as the Republican and Democratic governors associations reported another $1.4 million in expenditures, mostly for attack ads.
AFT Solidarity gave another $250,000 this week to Connecticut Forward, the super PAC backing the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to a filing Wednesday with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
The Republican Governors Association has put another $610,020 into its campaign to unseat first-term Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, raising its total spending in Connecticut above $2.1 million for 2014, according to a filing early Saturday with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
The Republican Governors Association contributed $800,000 Friday to a super PAC backing Republican Tom Foley, while two national public-employee unions put up $1.1 million to back Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the first-term Democratic incumbent, according to filings late Friday night.
The Democratic Governors Association has made its first major expenditure supporting the 2014 re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, giving $1.25 million to its Connecticut affiliate for television ads attacking the Republican nominee, Tom Foley. Its first ad takes viewers back to Fusion Paperboard in Sprague, where Foley went to criticize Malloy’s economic policies, but ended up in an argument with a local official and workers.
Vice President Joe Biden praised James Foley, the U.S. journalist beheaded on videotape by Iraqi terrorists, at an event Wednesday in East Hartford, a stop on a political swing through Connecticut to raise money for the Democratic Governors Association and the state Democratic Party.
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.
The Connecticut Republican Party has filed an elections complaint claiming illegal coordination between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election campaign and Connecticut Forward, an independent expenditure group recently created by the Democratic Governors Association. It makes a novel argument, but offers no direct evidence.
The Democratic Governors Association has established its long-anticipated beachhead in Connecticut, hiring elements of President Obama’s re-election team through a week-old independent expenditure group, Connecticut Forward.
The Democratic Governors Association has withdrawn its remaining legal challenge of state campaign finance law. The withdrawal was filed without comment or explanation.
The decision Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall leaves intact the state’s regulatory authority over independent expenditures by the Democratic Governors Association, but it does not block the organization from supporting the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
New Haven – U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall ordered the Democratic Governors Association and the State Elections Enforcement Commission into settlement talks Wednesday in an attempt to resolve the DGA’s claim that the commission overly restricts independent expenditures. Prior to the closed-door negotiations, Hall sharply questioned lawyers for both sides in open court, probing the DGA’s legal standing to challenge a law it is yet to be accused of violating.
The state Republican Party intervened Thursday on the side of the state in the Democratic Governors Association’s campaign-finance lawsuit, meaning the GOP will be fighting Democrats in court over the DGA’s challenge to the state’s rules on independent expenditures.
The Democratic Governors Association is pressing a federal judge to essentially bless Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s role as a fundraiser for the group before he hosts a policy conference in Greenwich next month that is “a significant revenue generator for DGA.”
The Democratic Governors Association, which expects to heavily advertise this fall to support the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of how Connecticut regulates independent campaign expenditures.