WHILE INVESTIGATING THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE, AG RICHARD BLUMENTHAL USES THE SAME TACTIC TO RAISE MONEY
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 31, 2010) — The Connecticut Attorney General has launched an investigation into whether or not Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz broke any laws by utilizing a taxpayer-funded database to solicit campaign contributions for her run for attorney general, but he is apparently doing something similar himself.
Bysiewicz is running for Blumenthal’s current position, while Blumenthal is running for the U.S. Senate. Questions remain about Bysiewicz’s eligibility to serve as the state’s attorney general due to the statute which requires “ten years of active practice of law” in Connecticut. Bysiewicz has six years of active practice as an attorney in the state but claims that her 11 years of serving as Secretary of the State should count.
In November 2008, a Connecticut man filed a lawsuit against Bysiewicz on the grounds that she failed to validate that Barack H. Obama met the constitutional eligibility criteria for president. Blumenthal successfully defended Bysiewicz at that time, and the case was dismissed.
Now, a Connecticut resident has received and produced unsolicited emails from Blumenthal’s campaign asking for donations which indicates that Blumenthal also is apparently maintaining a list of email addresses for the same purpose as Bysiewicz. There is no evidence that Blumenthal filed a Freedom of Information Act to obtain the list, as Bysiewicz did.
Several months ago, the citizen who received the emails had sent in comments to Blumenthal’s office regarding a public case on which Blumenthal had been working. He stated that he had never indicated any political support of Blumenthal or his policies; rather, he opposed most of them and told Blumenthal so. However, the citizen received the following unsolicited email from Blumenthal’s campaign on March 28, 2010:
—– Original Message —–
To: gerryFrom: Richard Blumenthal
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 10:50 AM
Subject: Big moment
If you are unable to see the message below, click here to view.
After receiving the above message, the Connecticut citizen sent Blumenthal the following message:
—– Original Message —–From: gerrySent: Sunday, March 28, 2010 8:07 PMSubject: Re: Big momentit’s too bad you just did what your freind susan did.you never got my “OK” to ask me for money from a list of emails that i sent asking you to do your job, but that was too much to ask.it really is ashame none of you can do your job.the people in this state never seem to get any respect from the likes of you and the rest in hartford.you are a waste.
A second email from Blumenthal’s office was sent three days later:
—– Original Message —–From: Richard BlumenthalTo: gerrySent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 9:30 AMSubject: Just Hours AwayDear Friend,
There are just a few hours left before tonight’s big end-of-quarter fundraising deadline. I am counting on you to send a message that we have a campaign built on strong grassroots support.
Thanks for all your help. Your support means the world to me.
The complaint against Bysiewicz was launched by a Republican activist who received unsolicited emails from Bysiewicz’s campaign which the attorney general is now investigating. To whom does this second citizen who also received unsolicited campaign emails from the attorney general report it? Who is going to investigate Blumenthal?
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.