HARTFORD, Conn. – While the Democratic Governors Association and state election regulators try to reach a settlement behind closed doors, the DGA has filed a court motion to prevent state Republicans from intervening in its challenge of campaign finance laws.
The state Republican Party is seeking to intervene in federal court on behalf of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, which is being sued by the Democratic Governors Association. The DGA is hoping for a court order to prevent it from being prosecuted by the SEEC this fall as it spends money on behalf of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The DGA believes the SEEC will seek to prosecute the group for illegally coordinating with Malloy’s re-election campaign based on his affiliation with the association – he’s its former finance chairman – and his fundraising efforts on behalf of the group.
U.S. District Judge Janet Hall ordered the two sides into settlement talks after hearing oral arguments last month. On Wednesday the Attorney General’s Office, which is representing the SEEC, said those talks are ongoing.
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