By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
HARTFORD – The Democratic State Central Committee was fined after state officials found it guilty of illegally spending money from a federal account on advertising for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election campaign.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission settled the case with Malloy on Wednesday.
The Democratic State Central Committee, which helps to oversee the party, and Malloy’s campaign committee, agreed to make a $325,000 payment and to use the money to comply with state law for any future campaign activity.
Elections commission members voted 2-1 in favor of the agreement, which effectively settles two lawsuits and a complaint.
To date, the payment is the largest fine by the commission.
The agreement comes as a superior court judge is expected to decide whether to compel the Democrats to comply with the commission’s investigative subpoena and turn over certain documents. The federal account can accept political contributions from state contractors, unlike the party’s state account.
Connecticut law prevents contractor money from being spent on state political races.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press