The Democrat’s sanctimonious claims about campaign money

In recent weeks, many of us have received the emails or invitations from the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee urging, pleading and cajoling us to give them money so that they can fight off the “big” money that is pouring into Connecticut to attack Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his re-election campaign.

The display has been nothing short of sanctimonious – otherwise known as “pretending to be morally better than other people” or being “hypocritically pious or devout.”

Readers may recall the various Wait, What? blog posts over the past three years about how Connecticut’s once nationally-recognized campaign finance reform law became nothing more than a joke as a result of the loopholes that were proposed by Governor Malloy and passed by the Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly.

“Big money,” “tainted money,” “special interest money,” is now pouring into Connecticut, in large part, because of Malloy’s effort to corrupt Connecticut’s campaign finance system in order to allow for the very mechanisms that he and Tom Foley are now using to augment the $6.2 million in taxpayer funds that each of them received to pay for their 2014 gubernatorial campaigns.

For background on the issue, read the September 15, 2014 Wait, What? post entitled, “Three cheers for campaign finance corruption in Connecticut!

Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy has deposited his check for $6.2 million from the State’s Public Finance System.

As a result of Connecticut’s landmark 2005 campaign finance reform bill, in return for raising $250,000 in contributions of under $100, Malloy (and the Republican nominee for governor) have each received $6.2 million in public funds to pay for their gubernatorial campaigns.

The original concept, which passed following the conviction of Governor John Rowland in 2005, was that in return for a multi-million dollar campaign donation from the public, candidates would agree to forgo private funds raised from state contractors, lobbyists, political action committees, and the wealthy and other special interest.

But that was before Malloy and the Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly torpedoed the most important elements of the law.

Now, in addition to the $6.2 million in public funds, Malloy and his political operatives have collected at least $3.5 million for his campaign into the Democratic State Central Committees “federal” account, much of it from state contractors, lobbyists, political action committees and the wealthy.   The political maneuver was made possible thanks to a proposal Malloy and the Democrats pushed through in 2013.

In addition, a “separate” political action committee called Connecticut Forward, has already raised $2.5 million to run ads in support of Malloy and against his opponent.

Now, as the Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender is reporting in “Democrats Press Controversial Attempt To Use Federal Account To Fund Malloy’s Re-Election,” and Christine Stuart is explaining in Democratic Party Wants To Use Federal Account For Malloy Mailer, Malloy and the Democrats are taking their campaign finance charade one step further.

The Courant reports:

The state Democratic Party is pushing an already controversial campaign-financing issue to a new level, asking the Federal Election Commission to comment on the legality of the party using money from a federal campaign account to pay for a planned campaign mailing asking voters to re-elect Gov. Dannel Malloy.

And CTNewsJunkie explains Malloy ruse with:

State election law prohibits state contractors from contributing to state party accounts or statewide candidates. But state contractors are not prohibited from giving money to the party’s federal account, which pays for some administrative costs and federal campaign activities.

Last month, state election regulators were forced to rule that an email solicitation from the head of Northeast Utilities in 2013 didn’t violate Connecticut election law even though it used Malloy’s accomplishments to solicit money for the Democratic Party’s federal account.

The SEEC concluded that it was “offensive and disturbing and violates the spirit and intent of the Connecticut state contractor ban,” but there was nothing in the state law that made the more than $50,000 in contributions illegal.

The decision to pass Connecticut’s campaign finance reform law in 2005 and give candidates public funds to run their campaign was based on the requirement that candidates would not be able to accept money from people doing business with the state or others whose vested interest was to “buy” themselves public policy.

But instead, Malloy and the Democrats passed loopholes in the campaign finance laws that they sought to benefit from by being able to divert money from companies that do business with the state into the Democratic Central Committee’s Federal Account.

And now, Malloy wants to go even further and use that tainted money to directly pay for his campaign mailings.

Malloy’s blatant disregard for campaign finance reform is a perversion of everything the Democrats claim to stand for when it comes to getting dirty money out of politics and overturning the disastrous Citizens United ruling in which the United States Supreme Court determined that, in essence, defines corporations as people for the purposes of being able to buy elections.

And who are some of the “people” who donated to the Connecticut Democratic Party’s “Federal Account” that Malloy is now trying to use for his campaign?

In addition to numerous corporations and individuals who directly benefit from having state contracts are the following political action committees;

AETNA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $5,000

AT&T INC. FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (AT&T FEDERAL PAC) — $5,000

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION STATE AND FEDERAL PAC — $5,000

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM USA CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $7,500

CBS CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $1,000

CIGNA CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $5,000

COMCAST CORPORATION & NBCUNIVERSAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE – FEDERAL — $5,000

COMPUTER SCIENCES CORPORATION PAC — $5,000

COZEN O’CONNOR POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $5,000

DEMOCRATS FOR EDUCATION REFORM — $5,000

DOMINION RESOURCES, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE – DOMINION PAC —$2,000

GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GDC PAC) — $2,500

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC) — 6,000

GHC ANCILLARY CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $3,000

MINERALS TECHNOLOGIES INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (MTI PAC) —$2,500

NATIONAL CONFECTIONERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $2,500

NESTLE WATERS NORTH AMERICA INC. PAC — $1,000

NORTHEAST UTILITIES EMPLOYEES’ POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE-FEDERAL —$2,500

PFIZER INC. PAC — $10,000

PITNEY BOWES INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $3,500

PRAXAIR, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — $5,000

PURDUE PHARMA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PURDUE PAC) — $5,000

SPECTRA ENERGY CORP POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (SPECTRA-DCP PAC) —$2,500

SYNERGY PAC — $5,000

THE HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP, INC. PAC (AKA THE HARTFORD ADVOCATES FUND) — $10,000

THE PHOENIX COMPANIES, INC. – PAC FEDERAL — $2,500

THE TRAVELERS COMPANIES INC. PAC — $10,000

THE WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS EMPLOYEES PAC — $5,000

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC. PAC — $2,000

UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED PAC (UNITED FOR HEALTH) — $10,000

WAL-MART STORES INC. PAC FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT — $5,000

WALGREEN CO PAC — $2,500

WEBSTER BANK PAC – FEDERAL — $2,500

WELLPOINT, INC. WELLPAC — $2,000

XEROX CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (XPAC) — $2,500

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Move over Rowland……You are going to get a room mate. Malloy is going to owe so many “Heavy Breathers” favors he may have to cough up some of his own cash.

    • buygoldandprosper

      You will not live long enough to see Danny or Cathy reach into their own pockets for anything…except legal bills for their spawn perhaps.

  • Jim Spellman

    New Campaign slogan – ” Dannel Malloy , the best Governor money can buy ! “

    • R.L.

      You can apply that to any public office. The “Shock Doctrine” is in effect. The government now works based on “investments” that people make through lobbyists and contributions (bribery). Government throughout the U.S., at every level, has essentially been privatized. Money has been equated to speech and votes are “bought” by those who can lie the loudest.

    • Dodd Flea

      The worst governor money can buy.

  • GE2L2R

    What do all these contributors expect to get from another four years of Malloy that they would not get were Foley to be elected?

  • msavage

    Ah, Sanctimonious–one of my favorite words to describe my ex husband! Yep, fits the Dems too.

  • Dodd Flea

    Joe Visconti is getting no money. He has terrified the establishment/media cabal who flush the taxpayers’ money through their greedy wood chipper of graft and corruption. Visconti has shown that a strong message and manpower alone, even if you are an unknown, will do the honest work of gaining name recognition.

    Visconti is taking off like a cruise missle. The status quo is the target.
    Be sure to tune in at 7 PM on Thursday, October 16 from New London, when Joe Visconti is schedule to participate in his first state-wide televised debate with Foley and Malloy.

    Up to now Tom Foley has been successful excluding Visconti from ay televised debates. Foley is afraid of Visconti. If the voters sees the three candidates on a stage together, Foley knows he’s doomed. So he might hide after the 16th.

    And Governor Malloy knows that he will be on stage with his better, also. His nervous chuckle will be chattering double time a week from Thursday.

    Joe Visconti and two very unlikeable opponents. Stay tuned for perhaps, the best gubernatorial debate in Connecticut history.

    • msavage

      Oh, they’re actually allowing Visconti to participate in a debate? How magnanimous of them! I look forward to it. Jon would have slaughtered them, but hopefully Visconti can at least make them very uncomfortable!

    • Bill

      We’ll be there, Chris.

      Don’t forget to offer Jonathan a slice!

    • sharewhut

      DF,
      As entertaining as Visconti’s participation in debate may be, and how he can be perceived as a great anti-establishment protest vote, there is no possible way to over come this:
      (Q-poll):

      “LIKELY VOTERS
      Oct 08 – Sep 10
      2014 – 2014

      Favorable 7 – 6
      Unfavorable 7 – 4
      Hvn’t hrd enough 86 – 89
      REFUSED 1 – 1 “.

      Despite the numbers suggesting a 50/50 split of V’s voters if he wasn’t involved we know he’d draw more Foley leaning votes.
      Also telling is that of the 3% who heard enough to change vote, all went to unfavorable.
      A vote for anyone but Foley all but assures 4 more years of Helloy. A vote for Jon will (arguably) take one off the Malloy total but more than symbolism will be needed to knock him out. A 43%(+1) – 43%(-1 )- 9% win will be treated as a mandate by danny and co. and then God help us all!

  • buygoldandprosper

    Kennedy playing money games up north. THAT was a good one.
    Nappier cancelling her debate and not responding to inquiries. She should go into rehab.
    Dan’s DMV Commissioner molesting a young girl for five years.
    Danny taking credit for a lower crime rate when most of the state knows better, and dodge bullets daily, and getting on the soapbox with ebola!
    I tell you! This state is one big mess and Dan Malloy has taken it to a new low, something I though was impossible after Rowland.
    Write in Pelto or vote for the other guy or vote with your feet.

    • msavage

      Yup, there’s a whole lot of not good shite going on under Dan’s watch, huh?

    • sharewhut

      And unbelievably Nappier will win by a landslide despite not running for the office. Just put a ‘D’ next to her name on the ballot and it’s a blind fill in the dot.
      Who cares about job performance (or lack thereof), most of her voters haven’t a clue what her job is (same as any other office on the ballot).

      • buygoldandprosper

        Sadly, very true. …

  • msavage

    In re-reading this post, I realize that I didn’t become appropriately furious the first time through. So the f-ers are forcing us to foot the bill for public financing, and using our money for their damned campaigns, in the hope that they can win the election and continue to screw us until there is nothing left. And as if that weren’t enough, Malloy is also attempting to pilfer funding–ILLEGALLY–from the federal fund, because the money that he has squeezed from the stone that has become the middle class isn’t enough for him. Have I got that about right?

    • jonpelto

      You got it right!
      $6.2 million of our money plus the money that comes from people who do business with the state political action committees that aren’t even allowed to give in Connecticut and hundreds of thousands of dollars from wealthy people who want to buy public policy including a quarter of $1 million from the corporate education reform industry.

      • msavage

        Goddammit!

  • buygoldandprosper

    Danny’s new dirty ad. The low road worked once before so he is trying to outdo himself the second time.
    Fenced in, at a cost of six hundred+ taxpayer dollars, Danny has no right to criticize Tom’s bank account. His “vision” of Connecticut is as elitist as Tom’s. Maybe even more so. He never seemed to have a problem giving Ray Dalio state cash for some empty promises. Or any number of corporations that did not need the money that Danny gladly passed out. His funding seems to show that pay-back is a bitch for the citizens of the state…but not for Danny.
    Dan Malloy. John Rowland Lite.
    This is who Dan Malloy is. This is what he is.

    • buygoldandprosper

      Tom paid no taxes because he lost a boatload of cash. That is how it works for those not on the public teat, like Danny.
      Wait! Danny knows all about how to lose money. Back in the day he stuck S&L’s with bad loans when his real estate ventures collapsed and the Malloy’s walked away from their obligations…yup. Deadbeat Danny seems to have a very selective memory.

      • Bill Morrison

        “Public teat”? Are you saying that our hard work as public workers is irrelevant? At least we are not private “whores” whose primary goal in life is personal greed!

    • sharewhut

      Foley needs to be more aggressive countering these distortions.. Malloy/”non-affiliated PAC” harp on what he sold companies for with no mention of what he bought them for or put into them. Counter with the truth about how he actually kept T.B. Wood’s afloat- after the union voted by an overwhelming 152-140 to strike and blew off warnings that he would bring in replacement workers to keep the plant running. A good number of the 140 returned to work, voting out the union- which maintained a 24/7 picket line for 2-1/2 years. Foley is to blame that these picketers had financial hardship? BTW- that plant is still running profitably, and many in the area are THANKFUL for what Foley did to bring it back to life. Even the ‘Current’ (any way the tide flows, so do we!) had to include some of the positive .
      http://www.courant.com/politics/elections/hc-p–tom-foley-tb-wood-20140918-story.html#page=1
      He bought a failing Bibb, spent 10 years upgrading and expanding it and making it profitable. Then when retailers moved away from their ‘house brand’ lines and Barney went belly up, so did Bibb.
      http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Foley-s-business-success-haunted-by-a-single-735684.php#page-1
      Let’s see- 10 and 20 years working to turn around companies and make them profitable doesn’t exactly bring to my mind a Gordon Gekko or Lawrence Garfield buying companies to tear up and sell pieces of.
      He took some lumps to go with the ultimate profits he got.
      Hey Dan, how much did you sell your house for? A million what? How much did you buy it for? 250k? That’s an obscene profit! So you put some money into fixing it up (some actually maybe your own!). Foley did exactly the same thing, albeit on a much larger scale.
      Foley needs to lay this out, loudly, not just in the quiet tones he has been.

      • buygoldandpropser

        And don’t forget how Dan made his “improvements”.
        It is common knowledge in Stamford that the “investigation” was a sham. If you do not ask the right questions you don’t get the truth. DANNY! How was the tile in that house? Nice? Did you pay full price? Did you pay market prices? How about a while back when you had a city employee doing landscaping?
        HECK! In the second worst economy in our nations history, Cathy waltzed into a nice gig in Hartford with qualifications that were…well, hardly stellar. NOBODY IN THIS STATE SAID BOO!
        The only thing TRANSPARENT about the Malloy administration is how corrupt it is. Remind me of an old joke I herd at the AOH over some Bushmills…HOW DO YOU SAY CROOKED POLITICIAN in Gaelic?
        –Dan Malloy!

    • Bill Morrison

      I heard that Malloy’s yacht was docked right next to Foley’s!

  • buygoldandprosper

    Somebody check KBE CORP and Mike Kolakowski. They just got ANOTHER large contract with UConn…looks like a favorite friend of Dan so they must be paying to play in the great state of Connecticut!

  • msavage

    OMFG–did everyone see this? http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/wyman_joins_national_group_in_rally_for_the_middle_class/

    These people are such goddamned hypocrites!

  • buygoldandprosper

    Speaking of corruption,you teachers get what you deserve!!
    “AFT Solidarity gave another $250,000 this week to Connecticut Forward, the super PAC backing the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to a filing Wednesday with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
    The contribution increases the total funds raised by Connecticut Forward, the local affiliate of the Democratic Governors Association, to $2.9 million, including $500,000 from AFT’s national political arm, Solidarity.”

    • Bill Morrison

      Don’t blame the teachers. AFT has long since stopped representing teachers. Indeed, look at their web page; teachers are not even the majority members. Health care and state workers have usurped our union. Melodie Peters has used teachers as bargaining chips and has thrown our interests under the bus for bigger gains for health care workers. By the way, what line of work are you in?