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Update: Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc. fails to amend Ethics Reports

by: ctblogger

Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:57:49 AM EST


Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?

Maybe when you are ConnCAN - The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc. - you don't need to abide by Connecticut's ethics laws.

Maybe the law only applies to the little people.

Wait, What? readers know the story of how ConnCAN, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc., paid Global Strategies Group, a political consulting and public strategies company,  tens of thousands of dollars to conduct a public opinion poll last month.  Global Strategies Group is the company that Roy Occhiogrosso returned to after serving for two years as Malloy's chief advisor and spokesman.

The poll was designed to persuade legislators, the media and the public that Governor Malloy and Malloy's education reform proposals were popular.  The effort, part of a broader lobbying strategy, should have been reported by ConnCAN on their January ethics report to the State Office of State Ethics because the expenditure  was in furtherance of lobbying.

However their original report failed to reveal the expenditure.

Once their violation was revealed here at Wait, What?, the assumption was that ConnCAN would amend their report by the end of February to bring their actions into legal compliance.

However, as of close of business today, ConnCAN failed to correct their reports.

It will be interesting to see if the Ethics Commission takes action to fine ConnCAN for their violation of Connecticut's ethics laws.

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