HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - On the first day of the trial of former state Sen. Ernie Newton II on charges of campaign finance fraud, prosecutors tried to show how the ex-lawmaker came up $500 short of the $15,000 threshold for public financing.
The shortfall is key to the larceny, fraud and witness tampering charges facing Newton.
The Connecticut Post reports (https://bit.ly/140moiy ) that prosecutors presented their case Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. They say Newton falsified five $100 contributions to bring the 2012 campaign’s fundraising total over the threshold and qualify for $80,000 in public money.
Newton was forced to resign his Senate seat in 2005 and served five years in federal prison for bribery in a separate case.
He denies allegations he falsely sought public financing and that the matter should be before the state Elections Enforcement Commission.
Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com
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