Oct 28, 2013
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Connecticut Politics

Boucher Calls on Dems to Reimburse State for Malloy Fundraising Trip Security

Boucher Calls on Dems to Reimburse State for Malloy Fundraising Trip Security

State Sen. Toni Boucher

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Norwalk, who is also eyeing a run at the governor's seat, is calling on the Democratic party of Connecticut to reimburse the state for costs associated with a fundraising trip Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took to California last week. 

Boucher, who submitted a Freedom of Information request regarding costs related to Malloy's trip, sent an announcement Monday reporting three sworn officers of the governor's secturiy detail were utilized as part of the governor's security detail on his trip. Costs of the trip were not yet available, Boucher reported.

“Although the governor is entitled to be accompanied on trips by state troopers, drivers and security personnel, if he uses their services in relation to political fundraising activities, then his party should pay for their airfare, wages, overtime pay, car rentals or hotel rooms,” Boucher said in a statement. “Regardless of what practices may have become established and whether or not they are legal, I believe that it is wrong to use state resources to pay for any staff expenses related to political fundraising. I look forward to receiving the information about how much was spent by the state on the governor’s security personnel during this trip. The state Democratic party should reimburse the state for those expenses, and taxpayers deserve full disclosure.”

During a press conference last week, Malloy said he was raising money for Democratic causes and not for a particular candidate. Malloy has not yet announced whether he will run for re-election.

Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said "We don’t comment on the Governor’s security other than to say we let the experts (i.e. CSP) determine what level of staffing is necessary."

Costs associated with the governor's trips made headlines recently after NBC Connecticut reported Malloy's trip to the White House Correspondents Dinner in April cost taxpayers $4,800 because of the security detail. Malloy attended the dinner as a guest of People magazine. The governor subsequently reimbursed the publication for the full cost of the trip after public criticism.

 

Boucher Calls on Dems to Reimburse State for Malloy Fundraising Trip Security

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