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.
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, 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.