In the Matter of: Viens
A corporation that spends $1,000 or more in August, to support a referendum, may be required to report the expenditure, on or before October 10 of that year. Pamela Viens filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, alleging that in early August 2012 the Friends of Saxton B. Little Free Library spent money on a sign to promote a referendum question on bonds for a library expansion. Allegedly, the friends of the library did not file an expenditure statement with the town clerk's office, prior to Aug. 22, 2012. The State Elections Enforcement Commission investigated and found that the friends of the library filed an expenditure statement with the town clerk on Oct. 1, 2012. The friends of the library spent more than $1,000, which included money spent on a sign on Aug. 6 and 29, 2012, to promote the success of a referendum question. Connecticut General Statutes §9-608(a)(1) provides, "Each campaign treasurer of a committee, other than a state central committee, shall file a statement, sworn under penalty of false statement with the proper authority in accordance with the provisions of section 9-603, (A) on the tenth calendar day in the months of January, April, July and October...." The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that the friends of the library filed its expenditure statement timely, on or before Oct. 10, 2012, and it dismissed the complaint.