Complaint by: Skilton
A treasurer who allegedly fails to comply with election campaign disclosure requirements and to promptly report reimbursements to committee workers and to disclose Web site expenditures, vendors and secondary payees, can be ordered to pay a civil penalty. The respondent, Aseem Mehta, served as the treasurer of an election campaign for Vinay Nayak, a candidate for the Nov. 8, 2011, election in the City of New Haven. Amalia Skilton filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, alleging that Mehta failed to comply with Connecticut General Statutes §9-608. The State Elections Enforcement Commission investigated and found that the respondent treasurer filed a campaign finance disclosure statement on Oct. 13, 2011, as opposed to Oct. 11, 2011, and that the finance disclosure failed to report expenditures properly. "Respondent by deducting PayPal processing charges for each contribution as reported on the Committee's October 13th report," wrote the State Elections Enforcement Commission, "failed to comply with General Statutes §9-608, which required that the total amount of each contribution (prior to processing) be aggregated towards individual contribution limits." The respondent also failed to promptly report reimbursements to committee workers and to disclose vendors and secondary payees. The respondent also omitted an expenditure for the campaign's Web site. In November 2011, the respondent treasurer filed an amended finance disclosure statement that properly included reimbursements to committee workers and that disclosed vendors and secondary payees. The respondent treasurer allegedly violated C.G.S. §9-608, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission ordered the respondent treasurer to pay a fine of $250.