The Editorial Board of the Connecticut Post, in its Sunday edition, writes that the State Elections Enforcement Commission didn’t go far enough when it fined Mayor Bill Finch’s friend attorney William Beccaro $5,000 for irregularities fronting a political action committee that received $46,000 from the mayor’s 2007 mayoral campaign and then rewired the money to finance the mayor’s political activities.
CT Post scribe Ken Dixon penned an enterprise piece in Sunday’s hard copy edition that analyzes how the SEEC limited its scope to Beccaro–the mayor was not fined -opening up observations by several in the piece that the investigation didn’t go far enough: Tom Swan, a veteran state political operative who heads the nonprofit Connecticut Citizen Action Group, said last week he believes the case leaves a lot of open questions and should be pursued further.
Swan is quoted by Dixon: “If I were Finch I would be worried about people like the chief state’s attorney getting interested.”
Cheri Quickmire, executive director of Common Cause Connecticut, an election watchdog, is also quoted in Dixon’s article: “It’s unclear to me that they (SEEC) didn’t see somehow that Finch and his family derived some kind of benefit from the PAC.”
CT Post editorial here.
Regular OIB reader and poster Tom Kelly, a supporter of Finch’s 2011 Democratic primary challenger Mary-Jane Foster, filed the complaint with the SEEC. He, too, is not convinced the SEEC went far enough and has asked the agency to refer the complaint to criminal investigators. Beccaro had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees from the city until he was let go a few months ago.
So, did the SEEC go far enough? If not, where should it lead? Or has enough time been spent on the issue? Is it time to let it go?