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GOP explorers took prohibited contractor cash

How are they going to answer for this one?

After a detailed review of campaign finance reports, the Connecticut Democratic Party has determined that Republicans Mark Boughton, Peter Lumaj, and Prasad Srinivasan have all accepted prohibited donations from state contractors to their statewide exploratory or gubernatorial committees.

This is more bad news for Connecticut Republicans in the wake of Boughton’s lackluster fundraising efforts.

Here is a breakdown of some, but not all, contributions from potential prohibited contractors. Connecticut Democrats are calling on Boughton, Lumaj, and Srinivasan to immediately return these questionable funds.

Donor Position Employer
BOUGHTON
Mary Sistrunk Executive Director Danbury Housing Authority
Adam Jeamel Regional President United Bank
Ken Chapman Managing Director Bank of New York
Michael Martone Gov’t Relations Consultant Murtha Cullina
Amanda Nocera Strategy and Planning Prudential
Eric Holub Director of Operations IBM
William Breslau Attorney Kahan Kerensky & Capossela
LUMAJ
Cory Scoulier Owner NAFI CT INC
SRINIVASAN
Vasant Patel Engineer Connecticut Natural Gas
Adla Reddy Project Manager Parsons
Ami Desai Hospital Administrator Hospital for Special Care
Proloy Das Attorney Murtha Cullina

“In their first test as candidates, this is not a good look for Connecticut Republicans exploring statewide office. It’s time for all of these candidates to admit they have solicited contributions from prohibited donors and return those donations. Throughout this upcoming cycle, Connecticut Democrats will hold each of the Republican candidates accountable, not just for their words and support of Donald Trump’s extremist agenda, but also their actions when it comes to successfully completing the Citizens’ Election Program. As candidates exploring statewide office, they will be held up to the same standard they’ve used for Democrats for the last two years.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

CT Dems’ Statement On Governor Malloy’s State Of The State Address

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“Today’s speech is a reminder of why the voters of Connecticut have elected Dan Malloy twice. He is absolutely right when he says that, in order to move our state forward, we must create a predictable and sustainable state budget and economy. And it’s not just talk. Governor Malloy has a record of making state government run more effectively and efficiently, and today he outlined three specific areas of focus to bring much-needed stability to the state budget.

“The governor also noted the progress we have made as a state. We should all be proud that – thanks to his leadership – Connecticut will remain the home of Sikorsky Aircraft and the 8,000 jobs that come with it.

“Despite Governor Malloy’s positive vision for the future of our state, however, I was shocked to see what seemed like the entire GOP caucus remain seated and refuse to applaud the governor’s call to continue our record of compassion by remaining a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. It looks like Connecticut Republicans are truly taking their cues from Donald Trump.”

Balletto Congratulates Legislative Leaders On Opening Day

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“I want to congratulate my dear friend Martin Looney as he is sworn in to another term as Senate President Pro Tempore. It is wonderful to have him back and ready to move Connecticut forward so soon after his kidney transplant. He, along with Majority Leader Bob Duff, have been willing to make tough choices while protecting the needs of Connecticut’s students, working families, and our most vulnerable neighbors.

“I also want to congratulate the new House leadership team, Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and Majority Leader Matt Ritter. They are both principled leaders who will fight for Connecticut’s values first and foremost. I am confident that they will lead the Democratic caucus and the House of Representatives with honor and distinction.

“This year, Republicans have increased their numbers in Hartford, and with that they need to take increased responsibility. We cannot afford a GOP caucus that continues to put forward unworkable and unrealistic proposals solely for political purposes. Republican leaders must come to the table in good faith and work for real solutions for Connecticut taxpayers.”

CT Dems’ Statement On Congressional Delegation’s Swearing In

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“We are a small state with a small congressional delegation, but, in the age of Trump, Connecticut Democrats will have an outsized influence. As Republicans in Congress aim to take health care from millions of Americans, Democrats will fight for quality, affordable coverage for all. As Republicans try to roll back environmental protections, Democrats will fight for clean air and water for our children and families. And as Republicans actively undermine ethical standards, Democrats will fight for honesty and transparency in government.

“I want to congratulate our entire congressional delegation – Congressman Larson, Congressman Courtney, Congresswoman DeLauro, Congressman Himes, and Congresswoman Esty – on their swearing in. Each of our members of Congress has proven to be a fighter not only for his or her district, but for the values we share as Democrats. We will need that fight now more than ever.”