Conservative charity backers swamp Comptroller with emails

Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (Image: osc.ct.gov)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo says his office has been deluged with out-of-state emails and phone calls after he questioned whether a Mississippi-based charity should be disqualified from receiving donations through the state employee annual charitable giving campaign.

Lembo tells the Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/2gb8Xmp ) callers supporting the American Family Association swamped his office’s switchboard on Monday and Tuesday. As of Wednesday, Lembo’s office had received over 10,000 emails.

A state employee had asked why the group, known for conducting anti-LGBT boycotts, was among 700 charities workers can donate to through payroll deductions. The campaign’s rules require groups abide by anti-discrimination requirements.

Lembo recently informed AFA about the rule and how he’s investigating the group’s practices.

The association issued an action alert to supporters, claiming Lembo wants AFA to “discard Christian beliefs.”

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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