HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Greenwich businessman Tom Foley has agreed to pay for a public opinion poll that state elections officials contend is a political candidate expenditure, even though Foley hasn't announced plans yet to run for governor in 2014.
Members of the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday accepted the settlement agreement reached with Foley, who recently formed a committee to explore whether to run for governor. Foley was the Republican Party's gubernatorial candidate in 2010.
Foley contends the poll, conducted in February and March, should not be considered a campaign expenditure and that it was a legitimate expense of Voters for Good Government, a Delaware corporation that lists Foley as its treasurer. He must cover the cost of the poll with personal funds.
Foley must also pay the Elections Enforcement Commission $600.
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