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Complaint Claims Rell Broke

Election Laws In Prof’s Study
By Jon Lender An investigation into possible violations • Illegally accepting services provided by
on October 13, 2009 of elections laws would compound the state employees, working on state time and
situation surrounding Rell and her chief of using state resources.
A Democratic activist said Tuesday that staff, Lisa Moody, who has stayed in close
he is filing a complaint against Gov. Jodi contract with Dautrich about the study. It Pelto, in his letter to the elecitons agency,
Rell with the State Elections Enforcement would add a third probe to two others that said that violations “arise out of the
Commission because Rell’s exploratory began last week, which include: activities related to, but not limited to the
campaign committee for the 2010 election following:
did a private poll earlier this year that was • A joint investigation by the bipartisan
examined by a UConn professor hired as a Auditors of Public Accounts and • “A poll that was conducted in May 2009
contractor by Rell’s administration. Democratic state Attorney General Richard that was not properly accounted for on
Blumenthal into whether, as Auditor Kevin Jodi Rell, Governor Exploratory Campaign
Jonathan Pelto, a former Democratic Johnston put it, “state tax dollars have been Finance Reports and apparently included
legislator from Storrs and a former used for other than strictly state purposes.” the involvement of state employees, on
political director for the state Democratic Johnston, a Democrat, said that he and his state time. The net effect of this violation
Party, said that when UConn professor Republican fellow auditor Robert Jaekle, is that the Jodi Rell and the Jodi Rell,
Kenneth Dautrich looked over the Rell have spoken Thursday and Friday with Governor Exploratory Committee received
political poll before and after it was put out Blumenthal about their investigation. the benefit of a survey research project
into the field this past spring, his actions worth $20,000-$30,000 but only paid and
constituted an illegal in-kind, or non-cash, • An inquiry by UConn’s Office of Audit reported an expenditure of $6,000.”
contribution to the Rell campaign. Compliance and Ethics, which university
spokesman Michael Kirk said is now • “A poll developed, but apparently not
Rell and her administration have been “examining the research associated with utilized, under a state contract, and with
under fire since last week, when news this project to determine if it may have the involvement of state employees, on
broke in the Day of New London that violated any aspect of UConn’s code of state time in June 2008.”
Dautrich’s $220,000, taxpayer-funded ethics. “ That code includes at least one
contract with Rell’s budget office - for prohibition against political activity on the • “A focus group conducted in December
a government efficiency study - has job. 2008 that was developed under a state
produced controversial political research contract and with the involvement of state
and advice for how Rell should tailor her Pelto said Thursday he is filing his employees, on state time but utilized for
stances to please voters. complaint not only against Rell, but also political purposes. The net effect of this
her campaign treasure, Thomas Filomeno, violation is that Jodi Rell and the Jodi Rell,
Rell’s office had no immediate comment and her 2010 exploratory campaign Governor Exploratory Committee received
Tuesday on Pelto’s complaint. However, committee. Rell has not yet announced the benefit of focus group worth $4,000-
last week, the Republican governor and whether she intends to seek re-election $5,000 but did not pay anything nor report
Dautrich each denied that improper next year. anything for that benefit.”
political benefits for Rell had come out
of the study, which still has another year Pelto said in his complaint that potential • “In addition, Jodi Rell and the Jodi
to run. Rell said she is proud of the work violations include: Rell, Governor exploratory campaign has
Dautrich has done to help streamliine received the direct and on-going benefit of
government. • Failure to report significant campaign information and advice provided through
exploratory expenditures. a $220,000 state contract. The contract
Pelto said in an interview Tuesday that he purchased one third of the time of an
was told he had to go the elections agency’s • Failure to report significant in-kind extremely experienced, well-known and
office to swear to his complaint to make it contributions. much sought have political advisor and
official - and he said he plans to do so. pollster who in-turn provided Jodi Rell
• Illegally accepting in-kind contributions and the Jodi Rell, Governor Exploratory
No spokesman for the elections agency of great then $375. Committee with tens of thousands of
could be reached immediately for dollars worth of advice and information,
comment. • Potentially accepting illegal corporate none of which was paid for or reported, as
in-kind contributions. required on campaign finance reports.”