Thursday, April 24, 2014
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
The Democratic Governors Association, which expects to heavily advertise this fall to support the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of how Connecticut regulates independent campaign expenditures.
The association seeks an injunction barring the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the chief state’s attorney’s office and the attorney general from enforcing what it says are overly broad rules that could expose the group to an accusation of illegal coordination with the Malloy campaign.
In part, the lawsuit, filed Wednesday, is a pre-emptive move against any claim that Malloy’s fundraising for the group should be construed as illegal coordination under state law, which could either keep the association, the DGA, on the sidelines in Connecticut or expose it to prosecution.
“DGA has been forced into a constitutionally untenable choice: it can avoid the protected speech in which it seeks to engage; it can forego the support and participation of Connecticut’s citizens in raising the funds that it needs to maintain a robust national program; or it can entertain the very real threats of investigation, fines and criminal prosecution,” the lawsuit states.
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