Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) - The campaign finance battle between political candidates goesbefore a judge.
At issue are public funds that were approved for a Republicancandidate for Governor and his running mate. Another Republican --also running for Governor -- is trying to block the money sayingthe rules were broken.
It's now in the hands of Judge Julia Aurigemma, who must decideif the rules were broken. If she grants an injunction, the campaignof Republican Michael Fedele could suffer a fatal blow, and with itthe public financing system signed into law following the Rowlandscandal.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley is asking the judgeto halt the awarding of a grant of approximately $2.25 million fromthe state’s Citizen's Election Fund to primary challengerMichael Fedele on the grounds that Fedele only qualified for thegrant by combining the small contributions he got with his runningmate, Mark Boughton.
Foley contends this violates the rules that say a candidate forGovernor must raise $250,000 in small donations to qualify.
Attorney Dan Kirsch, Foley campaign, stated, "Allowing them,those two campaigns, to combine and allowing the Fedele campaign toinclude contributions made to the Boughton campaign, in our opinionviolates 9-74-A1A."
That's the section of the clean elections law that covers theamount and nature of qualifying contributions.
Candidate Oz Greibel has joined the case, essentially taking thesame side as the Foley Campaign.
But the state contends that's the way the legislature intendedit to work and that if the judge grants the injunction with justfour weeks to go until the primary, it could scare away candidatesfrom participating in the future.
"That will be very chilling,” said Associate AttorneyGeneral Perry Zinn Rowthorn. “That will be a seriousdetriment to the successful operation of this program and that willviolate the public interest in the success of this program."
If an injunction is granted, the Fedele campaign would bestopped dead in the water because under the new law he is nowforbidden solicit political contributions because he has opted intothe public financing system.
Attorney Bart Halloran, Fedele campaign, said, "The people ofthe state of Connecticut, if this happens, are the ones that aregoing to be the losers because Fedele will effectively besilenced."
Realizing the importance of her decision, Judge Aurigemma saidshe will rule by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Foley opposes the public financing system.
Fedele has become the first Republican for statewide office toqualify for the public financing.
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