May 21, 2015/Uncategorized

CT GOP is raising federal money (whether they disclose it or not)

Yesterday, the Connecticut Democratic Party raised questions about the Connecticut GOP’s recent decision to switch their filing status from monthly to semi-yearly to avoid disclosure, explicitly prohibiting them from engaging in “federal election activity”.

If you’re wondering whether Connecticut Republicans are raising money to support federal election activities, look no further than their website, which boasts the following disclaimer:

“Thank you for supporting the Connecticut Republican Party-Federal account. These funds are used exclusively for the purpose of supporting federal candidates and federal election activities. Contributions from state lobbyists and Connecticut state contractors are accepted and allowed in this account.”

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How can they not be engaging in federal election activities?

In fact, they are specifically soliciting state contractors to donate to their federal account – to “support” federal candidates.

Though technically legal, specifically soliciting state contractors for federal accounts is a highly questionable tactic.

“The public has a right to know who funds our political parties. But apart from Linda and Vince McMahon bankrolling their state account, the Connecticut GOP is keeping their donors secret and avoiding disclosure. What are they hiding?” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell