A compliance officer for the Federal Election Commission confirms that former Democratic Senate candidate Susan Bysiewicz sent in her Oct. 15 filing for her now-shuttered campaign committee on time to the Secretary of the Senate’s office.
Bysiewicz furnished both the FEC and Hearst Connecticut Newspapers on Tuesday with a copy of a certified mail receipt for her report after the federal election officials flagged her with a failure to file notice on Nov. 1.
“It was filed in a timely way,” Bysiewicz told Hearst. “I do not want anyone to have the impression that we do not take this seriously.”
From 1999 to 2011, Bysiewicz served as secretary of the state, Connecticut’s top election official.
Bysiewicz briefly ran for governor in 2010. But when fellow Democrat Richard Blumenthal stepped forward to run for the Senate seat of Chris Dodd, Bysiewicz set her sights on Blumenthal’s elected post of state attorney general. She was ultimately ruled ineligible to run for AG by the state Supreme Court because she was not a practicing lawyer at the time.
In 2012, Bysiewicz resurfaced as a candidate for U.S. Senate, but fell short against then-Congressman Chris Muprhy in the Democratic primary.
Bysiewicz, 52, who resides in Middletown, ironically now practices law in Glastonbury.
She said that the FEC would be removing the “failure to file” notice from its website and that her filing got bounced all around the country by the postal service.
“The US Postal Service tracking website confirms the timely mailing, and indicates an amusingly circuitous route thereafter (Salt Lake City?), arriving in DC on 10/27,” Tom Luby, the campaign treasurer for Bysiewicz, wrote Hearst by email. “I should have sent it by Pony Express!”
The FEC compliance officer that Hearst spoke to on Tuesday acknowledged that the government shutdown could have played a role in the delay.
Since the end of June, Bysiewicz has effectively divested herself of $17,669 in campaign cash that was still in her committee’s account.
According to her termination report for her defunct committee, she gave $7,500 to her Duke University Law School alma mater. She also gave $1,000 each to U.S. Reps. Jim Himes, Elizabeth Esty, Rosa DeLauro and John Larson, who are all Democrats. Bysiewicz made charitable contributions of $500 each to the Arthritis Foundation, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and the Women’s Hall of Fame.