Complaint by: Martin
The state contractor ban in Connecticut General Statutes §9-612(g) is designed to prevent awards of contracts in exchange for campaign contributions. Murray Martin, the president of Pitney Bowes, reported to the State Elections Enforcement Commission that he gave $40 to the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee. The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that Martin, as a principal of an executive branch state contractor, pursuant to §9-612(g)(1), violated the state contractor ban when he made a contribution to the Republican Town Committee. There was no evidence that Martin's contribution was made in connection with any request for or offers of assistance between Martin and the agents or representatives of the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee and the State of Connecticut, for the purpose of obtaining contracts with executive branch agencies. Nor was there any evidence that the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee was affiliated with executive branch agencies. Considering that Martin only contributed $40, he reported his contribution himself, and there was no discussion or expectation about the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee or any candidate for statewide office helping Pitney Bowes obtain contracts with the State of Connecticut, the State Elections Enforcement Commission ordered Martin to refrain from violating C.G.S. §9-612(g) in the future. Pitney Bowes is not prevented from making or continuing to provide goods or services pursuant to Pitney Bowes' contracts with the State of Connecticut.