Complaint by: Watanabe
Treasurer Omitted Principal Occupations And Employers
Administrative Law | Election and Political Law
- State Elections Enforcement Commission
- Aug 21 2013 (Date Decided)
- Castagno, Chair
In the future, the State Elections Enforcement Commission will require that candidate committees that obtain funds from the Citizens' Election Program include on their "cumulative itemized accountings" the employer and principal occupation for campaign contributors. A complainant alleged that Scott Matney, the treasurer for the Welch for State Senate 2012 candidate committee, failed to include contributors' principal occupations and employers on campaign finance disclosure statements. The respondent treasurer responded that that information was included on contributor cards that he sent to the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and it was omitted from the finance disclosure statements, because it was not required by law. Connecticut General Statutes §9-608(c)(1) provides that finance disclosure statements shall "include" the employer and principal occupation of any contributor who has given more than $100. In connection with the 2012 election, Welch's candidate committee received grants from the Citizens' Election Fund. The respondent campaign treasurer filed Citizens' Election Program Form 15 and agreed to follow "requirements for campaign finance disclosure statements," pursuant to Chapters 155 and 157 and State Elections Enforcement Commission regulations. C.G.S. §9-608(c)(3) requires General Assembly candidate committees to collect information concerning the employer of any contributor who contributes more than $50. As part of the "cumulative itemized accounting" required for campaign committees that request funds from the Citizens' Election Program, the State Elections Enforcement Commission possesses the authority to require campaign committees to include employer and principal occupation for any contributors. This information, provided on contributor certification cards, is already in the records. As Welch's campaign treasurer, the respondent provided information concerning contributors' principal occupations and employers on contributor certification cards. He did not include that information on his "cumulative itemized accounting" that accompanied his funds application. The State Elections Enforcement Committee did not fine or discipline the respondent treasurer. In the future, the commission will require that candidate committees that apply for grants from the Citizens' Election Program include on their "cumulative itemized accounting" the name of the employer and the principal occupation, to the extent known, for each contributor to the campaign.