The evidence continues to surface…
Since Governor Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly changed the law to allow individuals to donate larger amounts of money to the respective State political parties, the funds have been flowing in to the Democratic State Central Committee courtesy of those who do business with the state or want to “impact” public policy in Connecticut.
According to the most recent State Elections Enforcement Commission and Federal Election Commission reports on file, the pipeline to the State Democrats from people doing business with the state or trying to influence legislation has increased dramatically over the past few months.
First came four checks totaling $30,000 from major players in the corporate education reform industry including at least two members of the Achievement First, Inc. Board of Directors. Achievement First, Inc. is the large charter school management company co-founded by Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor. (See Wait, What? post: Malloy/Democrats make mockery of Connecticut’s once prominent role in campaign finance reform)
Then came the news that “Eight donors affiliated with HAKS Engineers – a company paid millions a year by the state Department of Transportation – contributed $45,000 to the Connecticut Democratic Party last month.” (See Wait, What? post: Meanwhile…..John Rowland? No Dannel Malloy and the Raising Hale Blog post: “Employees, family of DOT contractor gave $45,000 to Conn. Democratic Party last month”
And now comes yet another example in which, “A husband, wife and son each wrote $10,000 checks to the Connecticut Democratic Party weeks after learning the Department of Transportation selected their company for a $500 million Stamford redevelopment project.”
As fellow investigative reporter and blogger, Zachary Janowski, explains in a post entitled, “DOT contractor gave $30,000 to Connecticut Democrats weeks after selection,” The state will provide $35 million for parking garages near the city’s train station, while the preferred developer, the joint venture Stamford Manhattan Development Ventures, will finance the rest of the “transit-oriented development” project.
The development, to be called Station Place, is expected to include office space, a hotel and residential units amounting to 1 million square feet, according to the Stamford Advocate.”
The contributions were made to the Connecticut Democratic Party’s “Federal Account” on July 1, 2013. The company’s owner also gave an additional $2,000 to the Connecticut Democratic Party’s “State Account” this year and also donated to the Prosperity for Connecticut Political Action Committee, a separate Malloy-affiliated entity that has held 15 fundraisers since Malloy took office. (Three of those fundraisers were held in Washington D.C., three in New York City and the rest in Connecticut).
The most successful Prosperity for Connecticut PAC fundraiser was the one targeted for supporters of the corporate education reform industry and held at the home of Jonathan Sackler the day Malloy’s education reform initiative became a Public Act. The fundraising event brought in more than $40,000 and that amount DOES NOT include the $10,000 checks Sacker and his wife sent directly to the Democratic State Central Committee this year. Sackler is a member of the Achievement First, Inc. Board of Directors, the ConnCAN Board of Directors and is the leading force behind 50-CAN, a national education reform advocacy group.
You can read more about the pipeline between state contractors and the Democratic Party at http://www.raisinghale.com