I am amazed at the brazen attitude of Governor Malloy and his minions in the Democratic Party when it comes to taxpayer-funded political campaigns. They claim Republicans are improperly spending money outside of Connecticut’s “Clean Elections” system but the Democrats changed the rules in 2013 to open the campaign cash floodgates with Republican opposition.
Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA) filed a lawsuit in federal court this
week suing the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (CT-SEEC)
claiming they are interfering with First Amendment rights. Ironically, the DGA
is suing Connecticut (to benefit incumbent Governor Malloy) over legislation
passed by the Democrat majority during the 2013 General Assembly session.
has unusual bedfellows when it comes to campaign finance law. Even some
Democrat activists are chiming in on Governor Malloy’s campaign strategy.
Somehow Common Cause managed to twist the story of the Democratic Governor’s
Association’s lawsuit against the CT-SEEC will benefit Republican Tom Foley in
the race for governor.
Malloy served as the finance chair of the DGA and raised $20 million for their
campaign coffers. Malloy’s senior adviser Roy Occhiogrosso was paid $258,000 by
the DGA for research and polling services – one would assume to benefit
Governor Malloy’s campaign.
to follow but here goes – Malloy raises money for the DGA, the DGA pays Malloy’s
senior advisor for polling and research. Now the DGA wants to claim these are “independent
Connecticut we have taxpayer-funded political campaigns for voluntary
participants (this author has received “grants” of roughly $85,000 in the 2008,
2010 and 2012 election cycles). The candidates for governor will receive grants
of $7 million each.
Democrats didn’t think their “clean elections program” was fair so they changed
the rules to let all kinds of new money enter the “clean” campaign. Now they
don’t like the rules they made so in comes the DGA from Washington.
Sound confusing? Exactly! If you listen to the
Democrats this is all about fairness to overcome the millionaire Republicans.