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Gerry Connolly Gets Illegal Corporate Campaign Support

By Greg L | 29 May 2008 | Gerry Connolly, Fairfax County, US Congress, Prince William County | 15 Comments

The Washington Post is reporting that Gerry Connolly’s employer SAIC sent out an email encouraging employees to financially support Gerry Connolly’s bid for the Democratic nomination for 11th Congressional District in what would appear to be a violation of federal election laws.  This doubtlessly will become a significant issue in his campaign, since this reinforces existing perceptions that Connolly will break any law if that is what keeps him from gaining or retaining political power.  While the complaint filed by one of his rivals alleges that the solicitation may unlawful, using corporate resources to campaign for a federal candidate is almost certainly a violation of the law.  Boss Connolly looks like he’s really stepped in it this time, and the Democratic blogosphere is erupting as a result.

In an e-mail this month to “fellow SAIC teammates,” Robert A. Rosenberg, a former executive vice president and general manager for SAIC’s Northern Virginia operations whom the company calls a “consulting employee,” urged colleagues to support Connolly in part because of his “in-depth understanding of our industry.”

So why would SAIC be promoting Connolly?  Apparently they believe that if he is elected this will result in a competitive advantage for SAIC in securing government contracts.  I’m sure the Democrats will be absolutely thrilled about this, and even if he manages to dodge the bullet here, this could well become a significant issue in a general election.

Rosenberg’s e-mail raises questions because it was sent to employees with whom he has professional relationships as opposed to personal friends, [GMU Law Professor Allison] Hayward said. It also focuses on Connolly’s knowledge of the contracting business and what he could do for SAIC if elected to Congress, she said.

Go figure that Gerry Connolly is playing fast-and-loose with campaign finance laws.  Just imagine what this clown would do if he managed to get the power and presige of being a member of Congress.

H/T: NLS.



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15 Comments

  1. 999 said on 29 May 2008 at 8:24 am:
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    I though Connolly was running for the House rather than the Senate???

    [Ed note: yep, I mis-identified what he was running for. Thanks for pointing it out. The post has been corrected.]

  2. Anonymous said on 29 May 2008 at 11:51 am:
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    Connolly is bad news. One comment: open primary on June 10.

  3. Lefty said on 29 May 2008 at 11:57 am:
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    I think Chris Royce works for SAIC. Maybe he has some enlightenment on this issue. Another interesting question for government auditors is how this expenditure by SAIC was accounted for. I’d like to know if it was included in overhead and charged to government contracts.

  4. anon said on 29 May 2008 at 1:58 pm:
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    First developers, now Government contractors. At least he knows where the money is.

  5. k. o'toole said on 29 May 2008 at 2:25 pm:
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    With this publicity, maybe cross-over voters (Opn. Chaos) won’t be necessary in the June Dem. primary. :-)

  6. Riley said on 29 May 2008 at 3:10 pm:
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    I second what the attorney, Allison Hayward, says in the article. This isn’t a cut and dried case of being a violation, although it definitley straddles the line. The solicitation would comply with FEC guidelines for a solicitation to contribute to SAIC’s PAC — only went to management, stockholders and their families and was not coercive. So long as this was not done on behalf of the corporation (even if it was done by a former high ranking official who is now a consultant), this probably will not rise to the level of a campaign finance violation. As big a sleaze as I think that Connolly is, I’d have a hard time finding an actual violation of law here.

  7. anon said on 29 May 2008 at 3:50 pm:
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    OC is a good idea to keep Gerry out.

  8. me-n-u said on 29 May 2008 at 3:58 pm:
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    Ya gotta see the spin in this one!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN1kp1ggWyM&eurl=http://www.mexica-movement.org/

  9. CitizenofManassas said on 29 May 2008 at 5:30 pm:
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    Now we know why he supports illegals…. he has a soft spot for fellow criminals.

  10. Anonymous said on 30 May 2008 at 9:24 am:
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    I am crossing over to vote against Gerry on June 10. He is bad news for everyone, Republican or Democrat. I don’t like to vote in Democrat primaries, but this guy is SO bad that I will do it.

  11. Harry said on 30 May 2008 at 10:05 am:
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    SAIC, the employer, did not send out the email, let’s get the facts correct and not continually distort things. Although, probably legal what a consultant to SAIC did, still is an appearance of something amiss.

  12. MP Resident said on 30 May 2008 at 11:05 am:
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    “SAIC, the employer, did not send out the email”

    One of their high-level employees did, presumably from an SAIC email address.

  13. Anonymous said on 30 May 2008 at 4:07 pm:
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    A former EVP - now called a consulting employee - sending out to the employees is questionable. I’m not sure it was illegal. But it was definitely poor, poor judgment and raised an appearance of impropriety.

    A copy of the e-mail is at R[aising] K[aine]. (Not sure what to call that blog anymore.) It was addressed to “Fellow SAIC teammates.” The format of the e-mail suggests (albeit not definitively) that it was sent from an SAIC address, since only the sender’s name shows up on the FROM. It was a FROM/TO blind format, though, so we can’t be sure without the “stuff” in the headers.

    Even if it ain’t illegal, it stinks.

  14. Ron said on 30 May 2008 at 5:05 pm:
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    The funny part about the lefty bloggers questioning ethics is how some of them so readily support Hillary Clinton. That and how some of them voted for this same Gerry Connolly as recently as November 2007. I’m not mentioning any names, of course.

  15. Dave in PWC said on 30 May 2008 at 5:40 pm:
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    Well how the they get the company emails if it was sent to “teammates”? Someone employed by SAIC had to allow the mass mailing of the email if that’s what it was.

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