Ganim not eligible for public campaign financing

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The State Elections Enforcement Commission released a “draft decision” Wednesday afternoon that concludes that Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is not eligible for public financing in a potential run for Governor because of his corruption conviction.

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The legislature changed the law in 2013 while Ganim was serving time in federal prison. The change forbids those convicted of corruption in office from participating in the public financing program.

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The commission is scheduled to vote on a “final decision” on June 21.

Ganim told News 8 last week that he expected to lose at the commission, and is considering a court appeal.

He also released the following statement on Wednesday:

“I want to thank the State Elections Enforcement Commission for taking up my request for clarification on whether or not I would qualify to participate in the Citizens’ Election Program which has become a national model for clean elections. Since making this request I have formally filed an exploratory committee for state-wide office. However, I am disappointed by the Commission’s decision to bar those who have prior convictions related to their public office from participating in this clean system. There is absolutely no rationale for barring people who have committed prior bad acts from engaging in a system that is designed to prevent corruption and the influence of special interest in our elections.  As a result of the lack of analysis on the deprivation of constitutional rights, this matter will likely end up in a court of law for final determination.”

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