HARTFORD – This afternoon, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano issued the following statement regarding newly discovered ties between the Connecticut Democratic Party and corrupt contributors:
“Today we learned that major players with ties to Connecticut Democrats face federal charges involving massive bribery schemes and state government contracts. According to the Albany Times Union, “[The defendants] are alleged to have engaged in two overlapping schemes involving bribery, corruption and fraud in the award of hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other state benefits, according to the complaint.”
Louis Ciminelli, a large donor to Governor Malloy’s re-election scheme has been indicted. CT Post reports, “Records show that Louis and Paul Ciminelli and their families gave the Democratic committee $42,500, including $20,000 on October 16, 2014, less than two weeks before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election.”
“The continuous drip of revelations inside the Democratic Party becomes more alarming day by day. The culture of corruption includes Hillary Clinton’s emails, Dan Malloy’s re-election scheme, and Connecticut Democrats’ multiple federal investigations.
“This criminal activity cannot be allowed to continue. We demand that the Connecticut Democratic Party return these and all donations obtained from corrupt contributors. Until these donations are returned, there is a stain on Connecticut’s clean elections mandate.
“In addition to returning dirty contributions, we also call on Democrat officeholders and candidates to disavow and reject any assistance from the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee while federal investigations into illegal and inappropriate activity are unresolved.
“Democrats talk a big game about the poison of money in politics, so they need to put their money where their mouth is. The Connecticut Democratic Party has already been fined $325,000 fine to keep Malloy 2014 emails secret, and now major donors face indictment. The people of Connecticut deserve to know what secrets lurk with the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee before the fall elections.
“Democrats across Connecticut must be ashamed to associate with Dan Malloy, his cronies and leadership in their party. They have failed in their leadership governing the state, and with a rising tide of disgust among our electorate, they are about to lose their governing majorities as well.”
“The same 2014 disclosure statements showed that Percoco’s wife, former school teacher Lisa Toscano Percoco, earned between $80,000 and $120,000 in salary that year from Chris Pitts LLC. That Connecticut-based firm has done work for Competitive Power Ventures, which is constructing a controversial natural-gas-fired power plant in Orange County. Both companies were mentioned in the federal subpoena.
Competitive Power Ventures used the pass-through entity (Chris Pitts LLC) to conceal $7,500 a month in payments to Percoco’s wife from December 2012 to January 2016, the complaint states. The amount of hours she worked developing an educational program did not come close to justifying that monthly salary, the complaint alleged, and the company purposefully hid her connection to Percoco. Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr., the CPV official who is among the people charged, falsely claimed to have received an ethics opinion approving the hiring, the complaint states. Percoco’s financial disclosure forms listing Chris Pitts LLC, rather than CPV, as paying his wife were “false and misleading,” the complaint states.”