After filing a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the endorsed slate is now calling for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) to immediately end all spending on behalf of the challenger slate.
It was revealed Wednesday that the CEA spent over $28,000 on independent expenditures on behalf of the challenger-slate. According to a statement released by the endorsed slate’s campaign manager, Emily Basham, CEA allegedly used independent expenditure funds to pay employees who were also paid by the challenger-slate’s campaign committee.
According to state law, unlimited independent expenditures are allowed as long as there hasn’t been coordination between a campaign committee and the organization making expenditures on their behalf—this includes agents of a campaign committee who are also prohibited from coordinating with organizations making independent expenditures. [Municipal Guidebook, State Elections Enforcement Commission, 2013]