Referral by: SEEC Elections Officer
The State Elections Enforcement Commission can discipline a treasurer, even if the treasurer resigned and the successor treasurer filed the financial disclosure. The respondent, Jonathan Fornwalt, served as the treasurer of the East Windsor Republican Town Committee. The respondent failed to file a financial disclosure statement on Jan. 10, 2013, as required. The respondent resigned on February 13, and his successor filed the financial disclosure on February 21, which was 42 days late. The respondent violated Connecticut General Statutes §9-608. The respondent previously filed a financial disclosure late in October 2012 and was fined $1,260. The fact that the successor treasurer filed the financial disclosure was considered an aggravating factor, because it was the respondent's responsibility. The respondent showed good faith, because he attended the commission's hearing. The respondent waived his right to serve as a treasurer for five years. The State Elections Enforcement Commission ordered the respondent to pay $800 and suspended the fine, provided that the respondent does not work as a treasurer or deputy treasurer for five years. After five years, the respondent can serve as a treasurer or deputy treasurer, provided that he pays a $200 fine.