Dems accuse Roraback, Obsitnik of violating FEC
Andrew Roraback, winner of the 5th District Republican primary
As the Connecticut Post’s Ken Dixon reports, state Democrats are accusing Andrew Roraback and 4th District Republican candidate Steve Obsitnik of violating federal election law in relation to a joint fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday.
“Campaign finance laws are intended let voters know where the money is going, and to keep everyone operating within the same legal framework. Both Roraback and Obsitnik are violating the law,” Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said in a release. “That is unacceptable for candidates seeking to make federal law.”
Democrats claim that because the two candidates are seeking donations at the same event — and didn’t disclose who paid for the invitations to the fundraiser — they should have created a joint fundraising committee.
“Federal election law stipulates a joint fundraising notice must be included with every solicitation for contributions,” the release said. “Obsitnik and Roraback should have formed a joint committee to solicit contributions for this fundraiser. Additionally, individual campaigns are not allowed to coordinate regarding the logistics of an event, the vendors used, and the distribution of proceeds from the event.”
Dixon reported that the invitations were reprinted, Chris Cooper, Roraback’s spokesman saying “The invitation states on its face that it is paid for by Roraback for Congress and the response cards clearly direct checks to be made payable to Roraback for Congress.”