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Bysiewicz flagged by the FEC

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In this April 9, 2012 photo, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, speaks during a debate in Storrs, Conn.

In this April 9, 2012 photo, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, speaks during a debate in Storrs, Conn.

Susan Bysiewicz is out of the public eye, but not the Federal Election Commission’s eye.

More than a year removed from her unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, the former secretary of the state is sitting on a pile of leftover campaign cash, some of which Bysiewicz recently bequeathed to fellow Democrats through her still active campaign committee.

Susan Bysiewicz for Connecticut gave $1,000 to both U.S. Elizabeth Esty and Jim Himes on Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, according to the FEC.

As of June 30, Bysiewicz had $17,669 cash on hand. But a third quarter accounting from Bysiewicz, who resides in Middletown and was disqualified from running for state attorney general in 2010 by the state Supreme Court because she was not a practicing lawyer, was not available.

Bysiewicz, 52, appears to have missed an Oct. 15 filing deadline for her committee’s campaign finance report. On Nov. 1, the FEC flagged Bysiewicz with a “failure to file” notice.

“The failure to timely file a complete report may result in civil money penalties, an audit
or legal enforcement action,” the FEC wrote.

A request for comment was left Monday for Bysiewicz, who was briefly a candidate for governor in 2010 and later lost to Chris Murphy in the 2012 Democratic Senate primary. Bysiewicz served as secretary of the state from 1999 to 2011.

Categories: General
Neil Vigdor

One Response

  1. THOMAS LUBY says:

    Dear Mr. Vigdor:
    I am the Treasurer for Susan Bysiewicz’s Senate campaign. Under FEC Rules, a report must be mailed by October 15, 2013. The campaign mailed the report on that date as required by certified mail from the Meriden Post Office, receipt number 70070220000129521753. The US Postal Service tracking website confirms the timely mailing, and indicates an amusingly circuitous route thereafter, arriving in DC on 10/27. Like other things sent to DC, after it arrived who knows what happened? (You can view it yourself.) We complied with FEC rules, have provided the documentation to the FEC, and expect them to correct their website shortly. I can send you copies of the receipt, tracking report, and the report itself if you wish. Please correct your blog. In retrospect,I should have sent it by Pony Express! Yikes!