The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Friday denied Democratic State Senate candidate Dennis Bradley’s application for a general election $95,000 public campaign grant for violations of campaign finance laws stemming, in part, from his formal announcement in March that was financed by his law firm. According to the decision he still faces civil financial penalties, as well as his campaign treasurer, Board of Education member Jessica Martinez. Bradley is also a member of the school board.
The commission voted 5-0 for the following:
The Commission hereby resolves that pursuant to General Statutes § 9-711 (a), the Attorney Dennis Bradley for State Senate campaign shall not receive any additional grant monies from the fund for the remainder of the election cycle and is deemed a nonparticipating candidate because the Commission determines that the committee made or incurred expenditures in excess of the applicable expenditure limit set forth in General Statutes § 9-702 (c), as a result of:
(1) A coordinated expenditure with the BDK law firm for the Dolphin Cove Event in the amount of approximately $7,107;
(2) A coordinated expenditure with the BDK law firm for commercial advertising clearly identifying the candidate with 90 days of the vote and which had not been broadcast or appeared before; and
(3) An expense in the amount of approximately $2,000 incurred for fundraising and other social media related services performed by the treasurer.
The Commission determines that these excess expenditures together, and each alone, were not de minimis in nature and the candidate or treasurer had knowledge of each of these expenditures. Any violations and civil penalties shall be further addressed in the resolution of File No. 2018-053.
For background see here.