Malloy faces more controversy on fundraising strategy as he collects at least $36,000 from Connecticut’s nursing home industry in recent months.
If Governor Malloy thought he could hide campaign donations by running them through the Democratic State Central Committee’s “federal” account, he is learning the hard way that even that route has been discovered.
Thanks to articles by the Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender, the Raising Hale blog and here at Wait, What?, Connecticut voters are learning about Malloy’s on-going efforts to make a mockery of Connecticut’s campaign finance reform efforts.
On top of controversies surrounding Malloy’s fundraising with Northeast Utilities and various state contractors, it is now clear that Malloy has raised at least $36,000 from Connecticut’s nursing home industry in the last few months.
All of these funds were run through the Democratic State Central Committee’s “Federal Account.” Donations directed to the “Federal Account” are reported to the Federal Election Commission rather than the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission making them harder to track.
Of the $36,000 in donations from the nursing home industry to the Democratic State Central Committee’s “Federal Account,” at least $22,000 came from a single nursing home company, Athena Health Care Systems.
Lawrence Santilli, the Founding Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Athena Health Care Systems led the way writing a check for $10,000.
In a revealing twist, Santilli and Athena Heath Care were one of the most important sources of campaign contributions for disgraced governor John Rowland. Over Rowland’s various campaigns for governor, Santilli and senior executives in his nursing home company donated well in excess of $60,000 to Rowland.
You can read more about Malloy’s fundraising problems via the following links:
Courant: http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-money-for-malloy-1204-20131203,0,5220948.story, CT Mirror: https://www.ctmirror.org/story/2013/12/01/nu-execs-shine-brightest-source-cash-connecticuts-democratic-party, Raising Hale Blog: http://www.raisinghale.com/2013/12/02/dot-contractor-gave-connecticut-democrats-weeks-after-selection/, http://www.raisinghale.com/2013/11/22/employees-family-dot-contractor-gave-democratic-party/ and http://www.raisinghale.com/2013/11/22/nu-employees-step-up-giving-conn-democratic-party/