Jarjura Objects to Lembo Campaign Funding.
Michael Jarjura, the challenger in the August 10th Democratic primary for state comptroller, challenged rival Kevin Lembo’s request for $375,000 in public funding for his campaign on Friday. The Jarjura campaign objects to Lembo including in his accounting of $75,000 in contributions of $100 or less funds raised when Lembo was running for lieutenant governor. That was an exploratory committee, which can be transferred to a candidate committee, with certain restrictions.
The Jarjura campaign claims that Lembo at some point ceases exploring and was a candidate for lieutenant governor and is not eligible to count those funds (perhaps around $14,000) in his comptroller campaign account.
The administration of a government election program has become far too big a factor in Connecticut politics. A state agency with knots of regulations has become the most powerful single actor in state elections. This is bad for freedom and democracy.
UPDATE: Kevin Lembo keeps an eye out for Saturday morning Ructions. His campaign responds with this unambiguous declaration: “This complaint is without merit from someone who is trying to talk about anything but his own record. I am proud of our support and I am confident that we abided by state election law throughout this campaign.”