Democrats file complaint over alleged plagiarism

Tom Foley announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor, Jan. 29, 2014. (WTNH / Joe Sferrazza)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Democratic Party claims Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley’s campaign violated state elections law by lifting policy recommendations from a think tank Foley originally founded.

The party, which supports Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, filed a complaint Monday with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Connecticut Democrats last week accused Foley of plagiarism, highlighting passages of his urban agenda that were the same or similar to an article about urban crime in Louisiana. Foley spokesman Chris Cooper said the urban plan was largely drawn from the work of the Connecticut Policy Institute, which Foley founded and funded in 2011.

Democrats said Monday that makes CPI an “illegal arm of the Foley campaign,” circumventing campaign finance law.

Cooper called the complaint “specious” and said Foley’s urban plan has been well-received in cities.

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