Malloy and Democrats are violating Connecticut law with use of Federal PAC funds

With Election Day eleven days away, one thing is certain.  One of the biggest losers this year is the integrity of Connecticut’s once promising campaign finance reform law.

In addition to collecting $6.5 million in public funds for his campaign, Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his political operation have raised over $4.3 million into the Democratic State Central Committee’s “Federal Account.”  This $10.8 million doesn’t even count an additional $4.4 million that is being funneled into Connecticut in support of Malloy via a Super PAC ironically named “Connecticut Forward.”

Opposing Malloy’s $15.2 million is Foley’s campaign with $12.2 million, $6.5 million in public funds and another $5.7 million through the Grow Connecticut Super PAC.

As has been widely reported in the media, the ethical and legal controversy underling the 2014 gubernatorial campaign is the fact that the Democrat Party’s “Federal Account” received hundreds of thousands of dollars from people who have state contracts or have directly benefited from Governor Malloy’s corporate welfare program.

The use of campaign donations from state contractors to support Malloy’s re-election effort destroys the fundamental purpose of Connecticut’s landmark 2005 campaign finance reform law, a law that passed and signed into law to prevent any future governor from doing what helped send disgraced Governor John Rowland to prison.

However, less than ten years after Rowland went to prison and Connecticut adopted its sweeping campaign reform law, Malloy is using state contractor funds to pay for a series of campaign mailings to promote his re-election effort.

Even worse, the on-going violation of the spirit, and probably the letter, of Connecticut law goes well beyond the use of campaign donations from state contractors.

Malloy and his operatives have collected and deposited more than $425,000 from political action committees into that same Democratic Party “federal account.”

And the vast majority of those donations came from Federal Political Action committees THAT ARE PROHIBITED from using their funds to benefit a state-level candidate in Connecticut.

Connecticut law clearly requires that a political action committee (PAC) must register with the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission before it can give money to benefit state candidates.

According to Connecticut law and the State Elections Enforcement Commission,

“A political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission under federal law or with another state other than Connecticut may not make contributions or expenditures to or for the benefit of a Connecticut state or municipal candidate or a Connecticut political committee or party committee. A separate committee must first be registered in Connecticut (by filing a SEEC Form 3, designating a treasurer and a depository institution situated in Connecticut) and then must solicit funds specifically for use in Connecticut campaigns in accordance with Connecticut’s campaign finance laws”

However, the Malloy campaign has been directly benefiting from money donated by political action committees that are registered with the Federal Election Commission BUT HAVE NOT registered with the State of Connecticut.

The following chart lists political action committee donations that have been deposited into the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee’s “Federal Account” and identifies contributions that have come from PACS that are prohibited from helping the Malloy campaign because they are not registered in Connecticut.

While it is appalling that Malloy and his campaign would use money donated by state contractors and people who have directly benefited from Malloy’s corporate welfare program, it is equally disturbing that Malloy and the Democratic State Central Committee would utilize PAC funds that violate one of the most fundamental aspects of Connecticut’s campaign finance law.

NOT Registered in CT Political Action Committee Name City State Amount
X AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION (COPE) WASHINGTON DC $15,000
X COZEN O’CONNOR POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE PHILADELPHIA PA $10,000
X HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP INC ADVOCATES FU HARTFORD CT $10,000
X IBEW PAC VOLUNTARY FUND WASHINGTON DC $10,000
X JOBS AND INNOVATION MATTER PAC (JIM PAC) WASHINGTON DC $10,000
X PFIZER INC. PAC NEW YORK NY $10,000
X THE TRAVELERS COMPANIES PAC HARTFORD CT $10,000
X UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, INC. PAC HOPKINS MN $10,000
X SHEET METAL WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION PAC WASHINGTON DC $9,500
X ROBINSON & COLE FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE HARTFORD CT $8,000
X UAW V CAP DETROIT MI $7,875
X BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE RIDGEFIELD CT $7,500
X COMCAST CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE- FEDERAL PHILADELPHIA PA $7,500
X COVANTA ENERGY CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMMITTEE MORRISTOWN NJ $7,500
UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS/JOINERS OF AMER NEW ENGLAND REG CARPENTERS LEGIS EMP CMTE NORWALK CT $7,500
X INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF IRONWORKERS WASHINGTON DC $7,000
X NEA FUND FOR CHILDREN AND PUBLIC ED WASHINGTON DC $6,850
X GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTE WASHINGTON DC $6,000
X ALVAREZ & MARSAL HOLDINGS LLC PAC WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION-COPE WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X AT&T INC. FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (AT&T DALLAS TX $5,000
X BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION PAC (FKA MBNA CORPORATION FEDERAL PAC WILMINGTON DE $5,000
X CIGNA CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X COMPUTER SCIENCES CORPORATION PAC FALLS CHURCH VA $5,000
X DEMOCRATS FOR EDUCATION REFORM WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X FOXPAC WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS PAC WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEAT & FROST INSULATORS AND ASBESTOS WORKERS P A C LANHAM MD $5,000
X INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS & ALLIED TRADES POLITICAL ACTION TOGETHER POLITICAL COMM LEESBURG VA $5,000
X MACHINISTS NON-PARTISAN POLITICAL LEAGUE UPPER MARLBORO MD $5,000
X NEW DEMOCRAT COALITION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WASHINGTON DC $5,000
NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS LEGIS EMP CMTE BOSTON MA $5,000
** NUTMEG PAC STAMFORD CT $5,000
OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 478 POLITICAL ACTION COM HAMDEN CT $5,000
X PRAXAIR, INC. PAC DANBURY CT $5,000
X PURDUE PHARMA PAC STAMFORD CT $5,000
X SEIU COPE PAC PCC WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X SYNERGY PAC MCLEAN VA $5,000
X THE WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS EMPLOYEES PAC WASHINGTON DC $5,000
X WAL-MART STORES INC. PAC FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT BENTONVILLE AR $5,000
X WELLPOINT, INC. WELLPAC INDIANAPOLIS IN $5,000
DOMINION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE RICHMOND VA $3,500
X PITNEY BOWES, INC. PAC STAMFORD CT $3,500
X THE PHOENIX COMPANIES PAC HARTFORD CT $3,500
X GHC ANCILLARY CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE KENNETT SQUARE PA $3,000
WEBSTER BANK PAC-FEDERAL WATERBURY CT $3,000
X PULLMAN & COMLEY FEDERAL PAC BRIDGEPORT CT $2,850
SENATE DEMOCRATS VICTORY PAC WEST HARTFORD CT $2,655
X AETNA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WASHINGTON DC $2,500
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUTER RAIL EMPLOYEES PAC NEW YORK NY $2,500
X CERNER CORPORATION PAC KANSAS CITY MO $2,500
CT STATE COUNCIL OF MACHINISTS PAC KENSINGTON CT $2,500
X FUELCELL ENERGY PAC DANBURY CT $2,500
X GENERAL DYNAMICS VOLUNTARY POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION FALLS CHURCH VA $2,500
X MINERALS TECHNOLOGIES INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (MTI PAC) NEW YORK NY $2,500
X MURPHPAC WASHINGTON DC $2,500
X NATIONAL CONFECTIONERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WASHINGTON DC $2,500
X NORTHEAST UTILITIES EMPLOYEES POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE-FED WASHINGTON DC $2,500
X OLDCASTLE MATERIALS INC. PAC WASHINGTON DC $2,500
X SPECTRA ENERGY CORP POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (SPECTRA-DCP PAC) HOUSTON TX $2,500
X UNITED ASSOCIATION POLITICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE ANNAPOLIS MD $2,500
X WALGREEN CO PAC DEERFIELD IL $2,500
X XEROX CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (XPAC WASHINGTON DC $2,500
CONNECTICUT BANKERS ASSOCIATION PAC, BANKPAC FARMINGTON CT $2,000
X DRIVE COMMITTEE WASHINGTON DC $2,000
X INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF BOILERMAKERS CAMPAIGN KANSAS CITY KS $2,000
X INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES WASHINGTON DC $2,000
X INTL UNION OF BRICKLAYERS & ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS PAC WASHINGTON DC $2,000
LD PAC FARMINGTON CT $2,000
X O’NEILL & ASSOC. PAC BOSTON MA $2,000
X THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC. PAC WALTHAM MA $2,000
CEUI PAC MIDDLETOWN CT $1,850
DREW PAC MIDDLETOWN CT $1,685
CT STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION PAC HARTFORD CT $1,615
DEMOCRATS FOR NEW LEADERSHIP WETHERSFIELD CT $1,500
X XL AMERICA. INC. – PAC CONTRIBUTION ACCOUNT HARTFORD CT $1,500
PROPEL PAC ( PRO PROGRESSIVE ENERGETIC LEADERSHIP ) PAC NEW BRITAIN CT $1,430
X CBS CORPORATION PAC WASHINGTON DC $1,000
CONNECTICUT STATE UAW-PAC COUNCIL FARMINGTON CT $1,000
X DAVID WEPRIN FOR CONGRESS HOLLIS NY $1,000
X GREENBERG TRAURIG, P.A. PAC ALBANY NY $1,000
X HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN OF GREATER NEW YORK FEDERAL NEW YORK NY $1,000
X LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION EMPLOYEES’ POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ARLINGTON VA $1,000
X MARYLAND ASSOCIATION FOR CONCERNED CITIZENS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE PIKESVILLE MD $1,000
X THE NESTLE WATERS NORTH AMERICA INC. POLITICAL ACT STAMFORD CT $1,000
LOCAL 387 CHESHIRE CORRECTION COMPLEX PAC MILLDALE CT $875
SEIU STATE COUNCIL PAC HARTFORD CT $875
** URBAN LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE BLOOMFIELD CT $850
** O’BRIEN ’13 WEST HAVEN CT $775
A BETTER CONNECTICUT PAC ROCKY HILL CT $725
C.P.F.U. (CONNECTICUT POLICE & FIRE UNION) PAC HARTFORD CT $600
** EILEEN HEAPHY FOR MAYOR STAMFORD CT $600
** MATT PAC WEST HARTFORD CT $570
STAMFORD PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS PAC FUND STAMFORD CT $525
THE GREATER HARTFORD PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S CLUB SOUTH WINDSOR CT $525
AQN PAC BRIDGEPORT CT $500
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT CARPENTERS LOCAL UNION 24 PAC YALESVILLE CT $500
CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS INC PAC ROCKY HILL CT $500
** PROJECT DEMOCRACY WEST HARTFORD CT $500
UNIFORMED PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION OF CT PAC WEST HARTFORD CT $500
139TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC PAC WEST HARTFORD CT $450
30 PAC MARION CT $370
CWA LOCAL 1298 PAC HAMDEN CT $370
HERE LOCAL 35 PAC NEW HAVEN CT $350
SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 40 PAC ROCKY HILL CT $350
CONNECTICUT YOUNG DEMOCRATS HARTFORD CT $300
AFT CONNECTICUT PAC ROCKY HILL CT $250
CHARTER OAK PAC HARTFORD CT $250
CONNECTICUT HISPANIC DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS NEW HAVEN CT $250
UCPEA PAC STORRS MANSFIELD CT $250
X UNITY9 PAC WASHINGTON DC $250
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT DEMOCRATS ROCKY HILL CT $200
WORKING WOMEN AND MEN OF CENTRAL CONNECTICUT ROCKY HILL CT $200
MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEADERSHIP PAC CLINTON CT $185
CT FEDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC WOMEN EAST HARTFORD CT $175
SOJOURNER NETWORK OF DEM. WOMEN PAC HARTFORD CT $175
STAMFORD GREEN LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE STAMFORD CT $175
X COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT BRIAN CURTIN BURLINGTON MA $100
GUARDIAN FREEDOM PAC STAMFORD CT $100
SHORELINE LEAGUE OF DEMOCRATIC WOMEN POLITICAL ACCOUNT GUILFORD CT $100
THIRD STREET PAC WEST HARTFORD CT $100
COLCHESTER DEMOCRATIC WOMENS CLUB COLCHESTER CT $50
DEMOCRATIC VOICES FOR CHANGE LAKEVILLE CT $50
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S CLUB OF EAST HARTFORD GLASTONBURY CT $50

** = Not registered with Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission but may be registered with local town clerk.

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    On NY Channel 4 news last night Chuck Scarborough finished his report on the tight race in Connecticut by saying the only thing the potential voters can agree on is that they dislike both candidates. What a sad state of affairs at a critical juncture.

  • Andrea Wilson

    Jonathan– once again I find myself amazed how when something is personal to you (not getting on the ballot), you utilize resources and when it does not matter all that much to you personally- Well it’s a different story.
    There are a few good things Malloy has done. While he is not my perfect candidate– he has made things better here in CT.
    I was a state employee in 2009 when all state employees were promised if we agreed to the SEBAC agreement at that time. Of course– we were never told just how bad the budget was!
    The truth surfaced and in 2011 ALL PARTIES acted against the state employees of Connecticut.
    I suggest– NO I AM STATING: Your goal here is personal. I used to have a great deal of respect for you– then you sat on information I personally gave to you. Then you determined to fight the governor– which is fine. You lost that fight (while it’s too bad– I think it’s even worse you seem to be pushing your party away– this means you may never be able to run again and that is truly sad).
    Your statements may very well help the other side to win and well– I guess state employees will end up even worse off. Beyond that- do we really want this Republican in?
    Personally, I was hoping McKinney would win the primary cause at least he would have a more balanced agenda.I don’t like everything about our governor– but what I do like is we are economically better off than we were when he entered office. I wish there were things he would do differently– but he does not. He is however, better than the current “other guy.”

    • mookalaboona

      I don’t believe educating the public through this blog is a personal, or that Jon has a personal vendetta. I’ve learned so much about the evils of Malloy through this blog, things I never would have found out by myself. And it’s all true. There’s no stretching the truth. Malloy out and out lies. If he gets in, the Dems will continue to rubber stamp his evil policies, and he won’t care because he has nothing to lose on his second term. If Foley wins, his possible evil plans will be thwarted by the Dems. So, who do you think will do the most damage?

    • sharewhut

      Andrea, please let rest you’re constant badgering that Jon take up YOUR personal vendetta. And now attacking him because he won’t? If he’s sitting on info regarding Anrea Wilson v Judicial Branch and associated CHRO proceedings I don’t blame him, and respect his not replying to your pointing out in almost every post that he does not take up your cause.
      If you’re referring to a different cause, or if you’re a different Andrea please enlighten the rest of us. Perhaps then we as a group could prod Jon into action.

      • Andrea Wilson

        Sharewhut- it would be nice if you actually knew what you were talking about. You don’t.
        Jonathan had information turned over to him (information sent to me without a return address) which showed an increase in one department from 99 people to 151. All management and according to CT Sunlight– amounted to an annual change from 2009 to 2011 of more than $11 million a year.
        That was just one department and those management positions were increasing in pay as the rest of the state workers were taking cuts,
        As far as Jonathan goes– it’s too bad he seems to have burned his bridges with the Dems. I have known him since I was a legislative intern and can’t see him becoming a member of the GOP.
        FYI– Jonathan offered to do this and requested the information from me– if you would like I will send you a copy of the email where he did so.

        • sharewhut

          Andrea,
          I’ll reply this once, don’t want to turn this into a sideshow. Almost every post you make refers negatively to his not acting on your info. I merely asked that you let the rest of us in on the “secret” that Jon was choosing not to pursue, at least publicly. Perhaps he looked into it and found no reason to push it. Respect that, I’m sure badgering him constantly won’t change his mind. If indeed you are the same person, referring to the same complaints,
          there is a lot of information about an Andrea Wilson that turns up on a search of state info, including “Whistle Blower” CHRO cases. I punched the name in a year or so ago out of curiosity raised by your postings, and none of this information would seem to be breaking news to investigatory agencies (again, if you’re the same), and since it’s on Sunlight pretty much out there for anyone to see.
          I’ve spent too much time on this. My point was, and is, keep posting and adding insight to topics. But the same rant over and over that he’s not pursuing what is obviously your personal agenda gets tiring to read all the time. And then going off accusing him of acting on his own personal agenda… well it’s his court/his rules.

        • Andrea Wilson

          Happy to forward you each and every piece of proof. Other than that– I have a First Amendment Right to speech. Jonathan refusing to follow through on his word is just that. Sorry you don’t agree and well I normally don’t bother to read his blog but sometimes I do and sometimes I make a statement

        • sharewhut

          “I have a First Amendment Right to speech. Jonathan refusing to follow through on his word is just that.”(quick go edit!) You’re saying that you have a 1st Amendment right. And that Jonathan, from your wording, is exercising his. Yet in almost every post you take him to task for doing so.
          Never asked that you give up your Freedom of Expression, I merely expressed my opinion that your relentless beating on him for it detracts from whatever you may say after the (WARNING-insensitivity alert!) nagging about it. And obviously is getting nowhere if attempting to shame or goad him to take up your cause. I don’t need your proof, it’s not as all consuming an issue to me as it appears to be you.
          But by all means, keep it up. I’m sure I’m not the only one who (as is my right) skips past most of your posts unread because of this.
          Enough time wasted on this; reply (or don’t, it’s your right and choice) I’m done.
          Peace Out

        • Andrea Wilson

          Glad you are done but we will see. Guess you like just taking shots at those who choose to differ. No worries and you are not bullying me away. HMMMM you have yet to tell me how I can forward you the information– then again, you don’t have the guts to show your real name

        • R.L.

          Did you forget to take your meds again?

  • buygoldandprosper

    Speaking of violating laws…Danny really went over the top with this.Typical knee-jerk, attention grabbing, poorly thought out from Malloy. I guess the ACLU is our only friend in a state with no AG.

    “In the first use of the state’s tough Ebola protocols, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said late Wednesday that it had placed under quarantine nine individuals who have traveled to West Africa but are symptom-free.”
    “The people under quarantine are not sick and do not present a risk to public health,” said health department spokesman William Gerrish. “The individuals will be in quarantine for 21 days, during which time they will be actively monitored by public health officials.”

    • sharewhut

      Wait! One of the planes serviced by Stevens Aviation flew within 500 miles of Guinea! Quick, quarantine Foley for next 21 days!

  • Philip Stull

    Not sure how pointing it out that this group of Democrats are violating laws makes this personnel, other than maybe the belief that Democrats should be the party of law makers and not law breakers. This group of Democrats are destroying the brand as are the nation Republicans. Most CT citizens will not vote next month and for good reason. Too many of today’s politicians are viewed as not working for the common good but rather working either for their personal welfare or that of their contributors. These con artists have been found out and their Kool-Aid is not selling. Jon here at “Wait, What” turns over the rocks for readers to see the ugly actions that are rarely report by the corporate media. If you only want to read the fluff and the all is well news, you need to stay with the corporate media. Investigative journalism is not pretty or easy but it people like Jon that move the debate and change the future. Thank you Jon for your willingness to fight for the common good.

    • buygoldandprosper

      One wonders if the CtPost will do another THIRTEEN PART ARTICLE on Danny hen he wins the election?
      Jon Pelto has done this state an amazing service and I hope he continues.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Danny is doing the Monkey-See Monkey-Do thing when it comes to campaign finance. Danny knows best.

    “Last December, a New Jersey doctor who had been convicted of Medicare fraud and tax evasion back in 1991, applied for a presidential pardon. Two months later, he wrote a $100,000 check to Organizing for Action, a nonprofit formed to promote President Obama’s policies. Though the group is not required to disclose its donors, it has a policy of doing so. Samantha Maltzman, an OFA consultant, returned the check and asked the doctor to donate instead to America Votes, another liberal nonprofit that does not make its donors public. Maltzman was fired after NBC News started asking questions.”

  • Jim Spellman

    Jon Pelto has the guts to make it known that the most vindictive Governor in State history solicits/ accepts campaign donations from state contractors and beneficiaries and then breaks law by spending those funds – and it is “personal” on Pelto’s part ? State Statute REQUIRES crimes be made known . Hope all State employees have the integrity to assist in voting Malloy out of office .

  • Mary Gallucci

    Hamlet had it right: “Slanders, sir. For the satirical rogue says here that old men have gray beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum, and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams–all which sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down.”
    To Hamlet’s list of obvious but unspeakable truths, I’ll add: Politicians lie; their hands are extended all the time, and they have a plentiful lack of integrity… shocking!

  • buygoldandprosper

    This would not be a problem for Danny. He is as anti-union as the day is long AND he would pay for a firm like that to locate in Connecticut…after a trip to Japan, of course.
    http://www.latimes.com/local/countygovernment/la-me-rail-car-factory-20141021-story.html

    • buygoldandprosper

      “The endorsement Thursday of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by the Connecticut State Police Union reflects its leadership’s misgivings about Republican Tom Foley as much as it does support for a governor with whom it battled over concessions.”
      Good luck to the troopers. As long as Danny let’s them have their OT and as long as they can keep ripping off victims at crimes scenes, they can be fat and happy. HOWEVER, Dan will need to cut costs. Maybe retroactively. Good luck troopers.

  • BK

    Someone should also ask “WHY ARE CT FUEL TAXES #3 (HIGHEST) in the NATION ? ? ” See EXXONMOBIL site of nation at http://www.exxonmobilperspectives.com/2014/02/07/this-gasoline-tax-map-explains-a-lot/

    STOP MALLOY – – HE RAISED FUEL TAXES THREE TIMES – –