In the Matter Of: a Complaint By Trejo
Connecticut General Statutes §9-612(d) permits individuals to contribute an unlimited amount to a referendum committee. The complainant, Kevin Trejo, alleged that contributions to "Taxpayers for Groton Schools II" were in excess of $1,000 per individual. Allegedly, Kevin Fiftal contributed $2,204.40, Michael Kane contributed $1,200.00 and John F. Scott IV contributed $2,302.47. In February 2011, Ellen Brown filed a State Elections Enforcement Commission Form 3 and registered "Taxpayers for Groton Schools II" as a political committee for the purpose of generating support for a school construction referendum. The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that Fiftal, Kane and Scott did not make excessive contributions, because individuals may contribute an unlimited amount to a referendum committee. Also, the committee properly disclosed its advertisements in a June 2011 report. The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.