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After Their Own Elections Scandal, CT Dems Seek to Ban “Dark Money”

March 28, 2017 By Staff
After Their Own Elections Scandal, CT Dems Seek to Ban “Dark Money”

The Connecticut Democratic Party (CT Dems) paid $325,000 to state regulators last year after a campaign finance scandal. Now, Democrats are looking to root out "dark money."

On Monday, Connecticut Democrats held a press conference condemning so-called “dark money” in politics, and asking for more “transparency” in the campaign finance process.

Democrats, however, had their own campaign finance scandal that wrapped up less than a year ago.

As CT News Junkie reported at the time, the Connecticut Democratic Party (CT Dems) paid the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) over $300,000 – “the largest amount election regulators have ever received” – following a years-long scandal over money spent to re-elect Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

A summary of the scandal, from Junkie‘s Christie Stuart:

A bitter, nearly two-year fight between state election regulators and the Connecticut Democratic Party regarding mailers the party sent out in 2014 promoting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election campaign came to an end Wednesday.

…The State Elections Enforcement Commission had sought to enforce a subpoena to obtain information about how the party paid for the mailers. Since Malloy was a clean election candidate he was prohibited from accepting any help from state contractors. However, the party’s federal campaign account that was used to pay for the mailings is allowed to accept contributions from state contractors.

Ironically, Democrats on Monday said “transparency” in election spending is “all we’re talking about.”

While Democrats condemened certain GOP groups for supposed “dark money” connections, Connecticut Republicans pointed out that Democrats have a complicated web of campaign finance connections: