State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), submitted an FOI request to Reuben Bradford, CT Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, for information regarding the Governor’s fundraising trip to California, according to a release on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Boucher asked for a listing of all costs incurred for any state troopers who may have accompanied Governor Dannel Malloy this past weekend to California, and according to her release, the Commissioner acknowledged receipt of the request and confirmed that he had transmitted it to the State Police.
“While it is common practice for statewide officeholders to raise money for political parties, it is not enough for the state Democratic party to say that it is paying the governor’s expenses,” said Boucher in the release. “In the interest of transparency, taxpayers need more information. The governor is entitled to be accompanied on trips by state troopers, drivers, and security personnel. If he uses their services in relation to political fundraising activities, then his party should also be paying for their airfare, wages, overtime pay, car rentals, or hotel rooms," Boucher said, adding, "That’s why it’s important to find out whether any state staff accompanied the governor on this trip. If they did, then taxpayers also need to know whether any state resources were used to pay for their expenses. I look forward to receiving the information.”