Complaint by: McCorkindale
A political company that is affiliated with a company can contribute to a political committee that was formed in response to a municipal referendum, without violating Connecticut General Statutes §9-620(c). Cynthia McCorkindale of Bethel filed a complaint and alleged that a political committee named "Vote Yes for Clean Drinking Water" accepted an impermissibly large contribution from the Aquarion Co. Connecticut General Statutes §9-620(c) provides, "No person, other than an individual or a committee, shall make a contribution to a political committee formed solely to aid or promote the success or defeat of a referendum question, or to any other person, to aid or promote the success or defeat of a referendum question, in excess of ten cents for each individual residing in the state or political subdivision thereof in which such referendum question is to be voted upon, in accordance with the last federal decennial census." The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that "Vote Yes for Clean Drinking Water," which was formed in response to a municipal referendum and qualified as a political committee, accepted a $2,000 contribution from Aquarion Company PAC, a political committee. The corporate entity, Aquarion Co., did not make the contribution. C.G.S. §9-620(c) clearly excludes committees from its coverage. The treasurer of "Vote Yes for Clean Drinking Water" did not violate General Statutes §9-620(c), as alleged. Also, the amount of the contribution did not exceed the $2,000 restriction in C.G.S. §9-613(e). The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.