Complaint by: Jenkins
Connecticut General Statutes §9-608 requires that a town committee timely report expenditures for advertising and rental equipment. William Jenkins filed a complaint, alleging that treasurer Michael Grabel failed to itemize and to disclose purchases and expenditures properly in the November 2011 and January 2012, campaign reports. Grabel, who had served as the treasurer of the Columbia Democratic Town Committee, resigned because of illness after Jenkins filed his complaint. Connecticut General Statutes §9-608 provides, "Each statement filed under subsection (a), (e) or (f) of this section shall include, but not be limited to: (A) An itemized accounting of each contribution, if any, including the full name and complete address of each contributor and the amount of the contribution; (B) in the case of anonymous contributions, the total amount received and the denomination of the bills; (C) an itemized accounting of each expenditure, if any, including the full name and complete address of each payee." The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that the town committee misreported $600, which should have been reported as an advertising expenditure by the town committee. The town committee also misreported $220, which should have been reported as an expenditure for rental equipment. The respondent treasurer did not have any prior history of wrongdoing. The State Elections Enforcement Commission ordered the respondent to comply with C.G.S. §9-608 in the future.