Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission

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The Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission is a agency that is responsible for investigating and enforcing most of Connecticut's campaign finance laws.

History

The Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission was created in 1974 in response to the Watergate scandal. The SEEC was formed on an act of the Connecticut General Assembly[1].

Governance

All appointment power is divided equally when new members are selected. The Governor of Connecticut along with the Majority and Minority Leaders in both houses of the Connecticut General Assembly are responsible for nominating a person when a vacancy occurs[2]. The Governor or legislative leader that last nominated the vacant position is responsible for the selection of a replacement. Each Commissioner serves a staggered five year term[3].

Campaign finance discipline

If anyone feels a person or committee violated Connecticut campaign finance law, the first step is to file a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. The SEEC investigates all complaints[4]. If someone is found guilty of violating campaign finance law, in most cases the SEEC seeks action through a civil fine[5]. If there is criminal laws violated, the complaint is referred for prosecution to the Connecticut Attorney General[6]. Also, the SEEC can refer any other matter they deem appropriate to the Attorney General[7].

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