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.
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