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Friday, October 14, 2005

Problems for DeStefano?

From the Hartford Courant
The state elections commission has voted to investigate donations to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano's gubernatorial campaign.

DeStefano, a Democrat, did not disclose in filings to the secretary of the state's office the employment information of 53 donors who contributed at least $1,000 a piece. Those donors have contributed a total of $142,700 to DeStefano since last year.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission voted Wednesday to investigate DeStefano's campaign, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester first reported. The campaign committee could face civil penalties as much as $2,000 for each violation, said Jeffrey B. Garfield, the commission's executive director.

Shonu Ghandi, the campaign spokeswoman, acknowledged that the campaign made an error. She credited the newspaper with bringing the matter to the campaign's attention.

"Today we're filing an amendment to our previous report," Ghandi said. "This was an administrative error brought to our attention. We will work with the State Elections Enforcement Commission to do whatever we need to do to fix it."
I'm sure DeStefano hopes that this matter can be resolved quickly. The last thing his campaign needs at this point in time is a possible scandal grabbing headlines next to the popular Gov. Rell who kicks off her re-election campaign today.