Complaint by: Flanagan
A board of education chair who runs for election may request campaign contributions from teachers and other employees of the board of education, because the chair is not responsible to supervise them. John Flanagan filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, alleging that Michael D'Agostino, the chair of the Hamden Board of Education, requested campaign contributions from board of education workers when he campaigned for the General Assembly in 2012. D'Agostino objected that statutes that prohibit campaign solicitations from workers did not apply, because he did not "oversee or control" any public school employees. The State Elections Enforcement Commission was not persuaded that D'Agostino violated Connecticut General Statutes §9-610(d), which prohibits incumbents from using public funds "to mail or print flyers or other promotional materials intended to bring about his election or reelection" during the three months that precede an election. "Respondent," wrote the State Elections Enforcement Commission, "is alleged neither to have used public funds `to mail or print flyers or other promotional materials' within the 3-month period before the election nor to have authorized the use of public funds to create an advertising or promotional campaign that featured his name." C.G.S. §9-622 prohibits municipal employees from soliciting contributions for a candidate for state, district, or municipal office, for a political committee, or a political party from individuals they supervise or those individuals' families. The statute prohibits as an illegal practice, "Any municipal employee who solicits a contribution on behalf of, or for the benefit of, any candidate for state, district or municipal office, any political committee or any political party, from (A) an individual under the supervision of such employee, or (B) the spouse or a dependent child of such individual." C.G.S. §9-622 did not apply, because D'Agostino was not responsible to supervise the teachers or other board of education workers. The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.