- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Democrats are pushing ahead with plans to send out a mailer that supports Gov. Dannel P. Malloy but was paid for with funds raised to help federal candidates.

A party spokesman said Wednesday the Democrats received “conflicting guidance” from state and federal regulators and were “forced to proceed based on our good-faith interpretation of federal law.”

Democrats recently requested an advisory opinion from the Federal Elections Commission on whether the mailer was a “federal election activity” because it’s part of a get-out-the-vote effort. However, an FEC spokeswoman said the commission has until Dec. 1 to issue that opinion. The general election is Nov. 4.

Republicans and election reform advocates object to the party using federal funds for a state race, saying it circumvents Connecticut’s stricter campaign finance law.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide