HARTFORD, Conn. – State election regulators have dismissed a Newington attorney’s complaint that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was a candidate long before he declared his re-election campaign at the end of March.
Ben Ancona, a Newington attorney, complained in October 2013 that Malloy and his former senior communications adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, and Occhiogrosso’s political consulting firm, conducted a poll in January that sought to promote his re-election. The poll was paid for by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, or ConnCAN.
According to the State Elections Enforcement Commission’s findings, ConnCAN hired Global Strategies Group, the political consulting firm Occhiogrosso went back to in December 2013 after leaving the governor’s office.
The poll was conducted in January and released to the news media in February 2013.
The press release on the poll cited specific data showing that the majority of respondents reported supporting “the Governor’s” reform efforts in the specific issue area of education, according to election regulators. However, the “horse race” for governor in 2014 was not explicitly discussed.
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