Agency hit hard with campaign finance grant requests

July 29, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The executive director of Connecticut’s State Elections Enforcement Commission says the agency received a “staggering” number of grant applications this year for public campaign financing.

Michael J. Brandi, the commission’s executive director and general counsel, said says more grants for the statewide primary were awarded than ever before. Friday marked the final day the commission could award Citizens’ Election Program grants for the Aug. 14 primary.

State law forbids awarding grants 12 days before the primary.

Brandi says the volume of statewide grant applications submitted this year — and “all the qualifying contributions they represent — is staggering.” All of the qualifying, small-dollar contributions that candidates must raise to demonstrate public support must be vetted by the commission’s staff.

The commission will now focus on general election grants.

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