In the Matter of a Complaint: by DiNardo
If the governor issues executive orders that extend government deadlines as a result of a storm, the State Elections Enforcement Commission may decide not to investigate allegations that an independent expenditure report was not filed timely. On Nov. 1, 2012, citizens allegedly received campaign information from Voters for Good Government about Andy Maynard, the incumbent candidate for Senate District 18. On Nov. 2, 2012, Voters for Good Government allegedly filed an independent expenditure statement with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Nancy DiNardo of Hartford filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, alleging that Voters for Good Government failed to timely file its independent expenditure report. Connecticut General Statutes §9-612(e)(2) provides, "If the individual, entity or committee makes or obligates to make such independent expenditure or expenditures ninety days or less before the day of a primary or election, the person shall file such report not later than twenty-four hours after such payment or obligation." The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that in response to Superstorm Sandy, Governor Malloy declared a civil emergency on Oct. 27, 2012 and issued executive orders that provided extensions to government deadlines. The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that as a result of Superstorm Sandy and the governor's executive orders, the complainant's allegations that an independent expenditure report was not filed timely did not merit investigation.