- 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.

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