Super PAC Buys Polling, Research, & Ads
A Super PAC associated with the Democratic Governors Association spent a lot of money on the Connecticut governor’s race the same night Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley met for their first debate.
According to filings with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, a PAC called Connecticut Forward spent more than $188,000 of the $1.25 million it received from the DGA on polling, research services, and advertising.
It spent about $62,600 on polls with Normington, Petts and Associates of Washington D.C. The company lists a number of governors, including Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware who came to stump for Malloy earlier this month, as its clients.
It spent more than $54,037 on research services with New Partners Consulting, also of Washington D.C. The company boasts on its website that it helped defeat former President George W. Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security.
It hired Shorr, Johnson, Magnus Strategic Media of Philadelphia for more than $64,500 to produce a television ad against Foley.
Connecticut Forward paid its staff about $4,775 and its treasurer, Michael Belmont of Canterbury $2,500, according to a notice filed Thursday night with election regulators.