As required by law, in the days leading up to Bridgeport’s recent Democratic Primary for Board of Education, all the various campaign committees filed their campaign finance reports.
That is all the committees filed their required reports except for one…
The Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee, the committee chaired by Democratic Town Chairman Mario Testa, failed to file the campaign report that state law demands must be filed by the 7th Day Preceding the September 10, 2013 Primary.
The various political committees that supported the challenge Board of Education slate fulfilled the law.
And all but one of the various political committees that supported the endorsed Board of Education slate fulfilled the law.
But interestingly, the committee controlled by Mayor Bill Finch, the committee that actually nominated the endorsed slate, the committee that has kept its troops in line in their unending support for Bridgeport’s faux superintendent; Paul Vallas… that committee couldn’t even be bothered to meet the most basic requirement of Connecticut’s campaign finance law.
The law is incredibly simple and incredibly direct;
As the notice on the State Elections Enforcement Website reads;
“IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective January 1, 2012, filings sent by mail are no longer considered timely if postmarked by the filing deadline date – they must actually be received by the Commission’s offices by 5:00 p.m. on the filing deadline date in order to be deemed timely.”
Connecticut’s campaign finance reporting laws have been on the books for decades.
The law is there to ensure that voters and observers have a chance to see who is funding whose campaign before the actual votes are cast.
And the only group who failed to fulfill the law was the political operation dedicated to keeping Paul Vallas in the superintendent’s office despite the fact that a Connecticut Superior Court has ruled that Vallas does not have the credentials to serve as a superintendent of schools in Connecticut.
As we know, the endorsed slate was crushed in the Bridgeport Democratic Primary.
This coming Monday, September 21, 2013 Paul Vallas and his taxpayer funded lawyers will go before the Connecticut Supreme Court in a last desperate attempt to sidestep Connecticut state law.
It seems especially apropos that that when Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Board of Education Chairman Kenneth Moales Jr. and the Bridgeport Democratic establishment join Governor Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, in cheering on Paul Vallas’ attempt to illegally hold onto his job…
The rest of us know that these elected officials and politicians can’t even be bothered to follow the most basic provision of Connecticut’s campaign finance laws.