CHAPTER 157
CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM

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Sec. 9-700. Definitions.
Sec. 9-701. Citizens' Election Fund.
Sec. 9-702. Citizens' Election Program established. Eligibility for grants.
Sec. 9-703. Affidavit certifying candidate's intent to abide or not abide by expenditure limits.
Sec. 9-704. Qualifying contributions.
Sec. 9-705. Grants for primary and general election campaigns.
Sec. 9-706. Grant applications and payment.
Sec. 9-707. Limit on deposits into depository account of a qualified candidate committee.
Sec. 9-708. Payment of general election campaign grant to eligible qualified candidate committee.
Sec. 9-709. Joint campaigning by candidates for offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Sec. 9-710. Loans and personal funds for campaigns. Limits.
Sec. 9-711. Excess expenditures: Penalties.
Sec. 9-712. Excess expenditures: Reporting.
Sec. 9-713. Excess expenditures: Payment of additional moneys to opposing participating candidates.
Sec. 9-714. Independent expenditures: Payment of additional matching moneys to participating candidates.
Sec. 9-715. Voter registration lists for participating candidates.
Sec. 9-716. Annual report on status of Citizens' Election Fund. Insufficient funds. Reserve account.
Sec. 9-717. Effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting expenditure of funds from Citizens' Election Fund for grants or moneys for candidate committees.
Sec. 9-750. Portion of revenues from tax under chapter 208 to be deposited in Citizens' Election Fund if insufficient funds available under section 3-69a.
Sec. 9-751. Contributions to Citizens' Election Fund.

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PROGRAM

      Sec. 9-700. Definitions. As used in sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive:

      (1) "Commission" means the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

      (2) "Depository account" means the single checking account at the depository institution designated as the depository for the candidate committee's moneys in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 9-333f.

      (3) "District office" has the same meaning as provided in section 9-372.

      (4) "Eligible minor party candidate" means a candidate for election to an office who is nominated by a minor party pursuant to part III B of chapter 153.

      (5) "Eligible petitioning party candidate" means a candidate for election to an office pursuant to part III C of chapter 153 whose nominating petition has been approved by the Secretary of the State pursuant to section 9-453o.

      (6) "Fund" means the Citizens' Election Fund established in section 9-701.

      (7) "General election campaign" means (A) in the case of a candidate nominated at a primary, the period beginning on the day following the primary and ending on the date the campaign treasurer files the final statement for such campaign pursuant to section 9-333j, or (B) in the case of a candidate nominated without a primary, the period beginning on the day following the day on which the candidate is nominated and ending on the date the campaign treasurer files the final statement for such campaign pursuant to section 9-333j.

      (8) "Major party" has the same meaning as provided in section 9-372.

      (9) "Minor party" has the same meaning as provided in section 9-372.

      (10) "Municipal office" has the same meaning as provided in section 9-372.

      (11) "Primary campaign" means the period beginning on the day following the close of (A) a convention held pursuant to section 9-382 for the purpose of endorsing a candidate for nomination to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Secretary of the State or the district office of state senator or state representative, or (B) a caucus, convention or town committee meeting held pursuant to section 9-390 for the purpose of endorsing a candidate for the municipal office of state senator or state representative, whichever is applicable, and ending on the day of a primary held for the purpose of nominating a candidate for such office.

      (12) "Qualified candidate committee" means a candidate committee (A) established to aid or promote the success of any candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer, Secretary of the State, state senator or state representative, and (B) approved by the commission to receive a grant from the Citizens' Election Fund under section 9-706.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 1.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective January 1, 2006.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-701. Citizens' Election Fund. There is established, within the General Fund, a separate, nonlapsing account to be known as the "Citizens' Election Fund". The fund may contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the fund. Investment earnings credited to the assets of the fund shall become part of the assets of the fund. The State Treasurer shall administer the fund. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in the fund for the next fiscal year. All moneys deposited in the fund shall be used for the purposes of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive. The State Elections Enforcement Commission may deduct and retain from the moneys in the fund an amount equal to the costs incurred by the commission in administering the provisions of sections 9-333e, 9-346a, 9-348ee to 9-348gg, inclusive, and 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, provided said amount shall not exceed two million dollars during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, or one million dollars during any fiscal year thereafter. Any portion of said allocation of two million or one million dollars that exceeds the costs incurred by the commission in administering the provisions of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, in the fiscal year in which said allocation is made shall continue to be available for any said costs incurred by the commission in subsequent fiscal years.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 2.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective January 1, 2006.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-702. Citizens' Election Program established. Eligibility for grants. (a) There is established a Citizens' Election Program under which (1) the candidate committee of a major party candidate for nomination to the office of state senator or state representative in 2008, or thereafter, or the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer in 2010, or thereafter, may receive a grant from the Citizens' Election Fund for the candidate's primary campaign for said nomination, and (2) the candidate committee of a candidate nominated by a major party, or the candidate committee of an eligible minor party candidate or an eligible petitioning party candidate, for election to the office of state senator or state representative at a special election held on or after December 31, 2006, or at a regular election held in 2008, or thereafter, or for election to the office of Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer in 2010, or thereafter, may receive a grant from the fund for the candidate's general election campaign for said office.

      (b) Any such candidate committee is eligible to receive such grants for a primary campaign, if applicable, and a general election campaign if (1) the candidate certifies as a participating candidate under section 9-703, (2) the candidate's candidate committee receives the required amount of qualifying contributions under section 9-704, (3) the candidate's candidate committee returns all contributions that do not meet the criteria for qualifying contributions under section 9-704, (4) the candidate agrees to limit the campaign expenditures of the candidate's candidate committee in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, and (5) the candidate submits an application and the commission approves the application in accordance with the provisions of section 9-706.

      (c) A candidate participating in the Citizens' Election Program shall limit the expenditures of the candidate's candidate committee (A) before a primary campaign and a general election campaign, to the amount of qualifying contributions permitted in section 9-705 and any personal funds provided by the candidate under subsection (c) of section 9-710, (B) for a primary campaign, to the sum of (i) the amount of such qualifying contributions and personal funds that have not been spent before the primary campaign, (ii) the amount of the grant for the primary campaign authorized under section 9-705, and (iii) the amount of any additional moneys for the primary campaign authorized under section 9-713 or 9-714, and (C) for a general election campaign, to the sum of (i) the amount of such qualifying contributions and personal funds that have not been spent before the general election campaign, (ii) any unexpended funds from any grant for a primary campaign authorized under section 9-705 or from any additional moneys for a primary campaign authorized under section 9-713 or 9-714, (iii) the amount of the grant for the general election campaign authorized under section 9-705, and (iv) the amount of any additional moneys for the general election campaign authorized under section 9-713 or 9-714.

      (d) For the purposes of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, if a qualified candidate committee receives a grant for a primary campaign and has qualifying contributions that have not been spent before the primary campaign, no expenditures by such committee during the primary campaign shall be deemed to have been made from such qualifying contributions until the primary campaign grant funds have been fully spent.

      (e) No grants or moneys paid to a qualified candidate committee from the Citizens' Election Fund under sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, shall be deemed to be public funds under any other provision of the general statutes or any public or special act unless specifically stated by such provision.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 3.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-703. Affidavit certifying candidate's intent to abide or not abide by expenditure limits. (a) Each candidate for nomination or election to the office of state senator or state representative in 2008, or thereafter, or the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer in 2010, or thereafter, shall file an affidavit with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. The affidavit shall include a written certification that the candidate either intends to abide by the expenditure limits under the Citizens' Election Program set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702, or does not intend to abide by said limits. If the candidate intends to abide by said limits, the affidavit shall also include written certifications (1) that the campaign treasurer of the candidate committee for said candidate shall expend any moneys received from the Citizens' Election Fund in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of section 9-333i and regulations adopted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission under subsection (e) of section 9-706, (2) that the candidate shall repay to the fund any such moneys that are not expended in accordance with subsection (g) of said section 9-333i and said regulations, (3) that the candidate and the campaign treasurer shall comply with the provisions of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 9-711, and (4) stating the candidate's status as a major party, minor party or petitioning party candidate and, in the case of a major party or minor party candidate, the name of such party. The written certification described in subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be made by both the candidate and the campaign treasurer of the candidate committee for said candidate. A candidate for nomination or election to any such office shall file such affidavit not later than four o'clock p.m. on the fortieth day before the day of the election for such office, except that in the case of a special election for the office of state senator or state representative, the candidate shall file such affidavit not later than four o'clock p.m. on the twenty-fifth day before the day of such special election.

      (b) A candidate who so certifies the candidate's intent to abide by the expenditure limits under the Citizens' Election Program set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702 shall be referred to in sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, as a "participating candidate" and a candidate who so certifies the candidate's intent to not abide by said limits shall be referred to in sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, as a "nonparticipating candidate". The commission shall prepare a list of the participating candidates and a list of the nonparticipating candidates and shall make such lists available for public inspection.

      (c) A participating candidate may withdraw from participation in the Citizens' Election Program before applying for an initial grant under section 9-706, by filing an affidavit with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, which includes a written certification of such withdrawal. A candidate who files such an affidavit shall be deemed to be a nonparticipating candidate for the purposes of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, and shall not be penalized for such withdrawal. No participating candidate shall withdraw from participation in the Citizens' Election Program after applying for an initial grant under section 9-706.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 4.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-704. Qualifying contributions. (a) The amount of qualifying contributions that the candidate committee of a candidate shall be required to receive in order to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund shall be:

      (1) In the case of a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor, contributions from individuals in the aggregate amount of two hundred fifty thousand dollars, of which two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars or more is contributed by individuals residing in the state. The provisions of this subdivision shall be subject to the following: (A) The candidate committee shall return the portion of any contribution or contributions from any individual, including said candidate, that exceeds one hundred dollars, and such excess portion shall not be considered in calculating such amounts, and (B) all contributions received by (i) an exploratory committee established by said candidate, or (ii) an exploratory committee or candidate committee of a candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor who is deemed to be jointly campaigning with a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor under subsection (a) of section 9-709, which meet the criteria for qualifying contributions to candidate committees under this section shall be considered in calculating such amounts; and

      (2) In the case of a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Secretary of the State, contributions from individuals in the aggregate amount of seventy-five thousand dollars, of which sixty-seven thousand five hundred dollars or more is contributed by individuals residing in the state. The provisions of this subdivision shall be subject to the following: (A) The candidate committee shall return the portion of any contribution or contributions from any individual, including said candidate, that exceeds one hundred dollars, and such excess portion shall not be considered in calculating such amounts, and (B) all contributions received by an exploratory committee established by said candidate that meet the criteria for qualifying contributions to candidate committees under this section shall be considered in calculating such amounts.

      (3) In the case of a candidate for nomination or election to the office of state senator for a district, contributions from individuals in the aggregate amount of fifteen thousand dollars, including contributions from at least three hundred individuals residing in municipalities included, in whole or in part, in said district. The provisions of this subdivision shall be subject to the following: (A) The candidate committee shall return the portion of any contribution or contributions from any individual, including said candidate, that exceeds one hundred dollars, and such excess portion shall not be considered in calculating the aggregate contribution amount under this subdivision, (B) no contribution shall be counted for the purposes of the requirement under this subdivision for contributions from at least three hundred individuals residing in municipalities included, in whole or in part, in the district unless the contribution is five dollars or more, and (C) all contributions received by an exploratory committee established by said candidate that meet the criteria for qualifying contributions to candidate committees under this section shall be considered in calculating the aggregate contribution amount under this subdivision and all such exploratory committee contributions that also meet the requirement under this subdivision for contributions from at least three hundred individuals residing in municipalities included, in whole or in part, in the district shall be counted for the purposes of said requirement.

      (4) In the case of a candidate for nomination or election to the office of state representative for a district, contributions from individuals in the aggregate amount of five thousand dollars, including contributions from at least one hundred fifty individuals residing in municipalities included, in whole or in part, in said district. The provisions of this subdivision shall be subject to the following: (A) The candidate committee shall return the portion of any contribution or contributions from any individual, including said candidate, that exceeds one hundred dollars, and such excess portion shall not be considered in calculating the aggregate contribution amount under this subdivision, (B) no contribution shall be counted for the purposes of the requirement under this subdivision for contributions from at least one hundred fifty individuals residing in municipalities included, in whole or in part, in the district unless the contribution is five dollars or more, and (C) all contributions received by an exploratory committee established by said candidate that meet the criteria for qualifying contributions to candidate committees under this section shall be considered in calculating the aggregate contribution amount under this subdivision and all such exploratory committee contributions that also meet the requirement under this subdivision for contributions from at least one hundred fifty individuals residing in municipalities included, in whole or in part, in the district shall be counted for the purposes of said requirement.

      (5) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions (3) and (4) of this subsection, in the case of a special election for the office of state senator or state representative for a district, (A) the aggregate amount of qualifying contributions that the candidate committee of a candidate for such office shall be required to receive in order to be eligible for a grant from the Citizens' Election Fund shall be seventy-five per cent or more of the corresponding amount required under the applicable said subdivision (3) or (4), and (B) the number of contributions required from individuals residing in municipalities included, in whole or in part, in said district shall be seventy-five per cent or more of the corresponding number required under the applicable said subdivision (3) or (4).

      (b) Each individual who makes a contribution of more than fifty dollars to a candidate committee established to aid or promote the success of a participating candidate for nomination or election shall include with the contribution a certification that the individual is not a communicator lobbyist, a member of the immediate family of a communicator lobbyist or a principal of a state contractor or prospective state contractor.

      (c) The following shall not be deemed to be qualifying contributions under subsection (a) of this section and shall be returned by the campaign treasurer of the candidate committee to the contributor:

      (1) A contribution from a communicator lobbyist or a member of the immediate family of a communicator lobbyist;

      (2) A contribution from a principal of a state contractor or prospective state contractor;

      (3) A contribution of five dollars or more from an individual who does not provide the full name and complete address of the individual; and

      (4) A contribution under subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection (a) of this section from an individual who does not reside in the state, in excess of the applicable limit on contributions from out-of-state individuals in subsection (a) of this section.

      (d) After a candidate committee receives the applicable aggregate amount of qualifying contributions under subsection (a) of this section, the candidate committee shall transmit any additional contributions that it receives to the State Treasurer for deposit in the Citizens' Election Fund.

      (e) As used in this section, (1) "communicator lobbyist" has the same meaning as provided in section 1-91, (2) "immediate family" means the spouse or a dependent child of an individual, and (3) "principal of a state contractor or prospective state contractor" has the same meaning as provided in subsection (g) of section 9-333n.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 5.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-705. Grants for primary and general election campaigns. (a)(1) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of Governor who has a primary for nomination to said office shall be eligible to receive a grant from the Citizens' Election Fund for the primary campaign in the amount of one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars, provided, in the case of a primary held in 2014, or thereafter, said amount shall be adjusted under subsection (d) of this section.

      (2) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of Governor who has been nominated shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign in the amount of three million dollars, provided in the case of an election held in 2014, or thereafter, said amount shall be adjusted under subsection (d) of this section.

      (b) (1) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer who has a primary for nomination to said office shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the primary campaign in the amount of three hundred seventy-five thousand dollars, provided, in the case of a primary held in 2014, or thereafter, said amount shall be adjusted under subsection (d) of this section.

      (2) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer who has been nominated shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign in the amount of seven hundred fifty thousand dollars, provided in the case of an election held in 2014, or thereafter, said amount shall be adjusted under subsection (d) of this section.

      (c) (1) The qualified candidate committee of an eligible minor party candidate for the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign if the candidate of the same minor party for the same office at the last preceding regular election received at least ten per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for said office at said election. The amount of the grant shall be one-third of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, provided (A) if the candidate of the same minor party for the same office at the last preceding regular election received at least fifteen per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for said office at said election, the amount of the grant shall be two-thirds of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, (B) if the candidate of the same minor party for the same office at the last preceding regular election received at least twenty per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for said office at said election, the amount of the grant shall be the same as the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, and (C) in the case of an election held in 2014, or thereafter, said amounts shall be adjusted under subsection (d) of this section.

      (2) The qualified candidate committee of an eligible petitioning party candidate for the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign if said candidate's nominating petition has been signed by a number of qualified electors equal to at least ten per cent of the whole number of votes cast for the same office at the last preceding regular election. The amount of the grant shall be one-third of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, provided (A) if said candidate's nominating petition has been signed by a number of qualified electors equal to at least fifteen per cent of the whole number of votes cast for the same office at the last preceding regular election, the amount of the grant shall be two-thirds of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, (B) if said candidate's nominating petition has been signed by a number of qualified electors equal to at least twenty per cent of the whole number of votes cast for the same office at the last preceding regular election, the amount of the grant shall be the same as the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (a) or (b) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, and (C) in the case of an election held in 2014, or thereafter, said amounts shall be adjusted under subsection (d) of this section.

      (d) For elections held in 2014, and thereafter, the amount of the grants in subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section shall be adjusted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission not later than January 15, 2014, and quadrennially thereafter, in accordance with any change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the period beginning on January 1, 2010, and ending on December thirty-first in the year preceding the year in which said adjustment is to be made.

      (e) (1) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of state senator who has a primary for nomination to said office shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the primary campaign in the amount of thirty-five thousand dollars, provided (A) if the percentage of the electors in the district served by said office who are enrolled in said major party exceeds the percentage of the electors in said district who are enrolled in another major party by at least twenty percentage points, the amount of said grant shall be seventy-five thousand dollars, and (B) in the case of a primary held in 2010, or thereafter, said amounts shall be adjusted under subsection (h) of this section. For the purposes of subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, the number of enrolled members of a major party and the number of electors in a district shall be determined by the latest enrollment and voter registration records in the office of the Secretary of the State submitted in accordance with the provisions of section 9-65. The names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35 shall not be counted for such purposes.

      (2) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of state senator who has been nominated shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign in the amount of eighty-five thousand dollars, provided in the case of an election held in 2010, or thereafter, said amount shall be adjusted under subsection (h) of this section.

      (f) (1) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of state representative who has a primary for nomination to said office shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the primary campaign in the amount of ten thousand dollars, provided (A) if the percentage of the electors in the district served by said office who are enrolled in said major party exceeds the percentage of the electors in said district who are enrolled in another major party by at least twenty percentage points, the amount of said grant shall be twenty-five thousand dollars, and (B) in the case of a primary held in 2010, or thereafter, said amounts shall be adjusted under subsection (h) of this section. For the purposes of subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, the number of enrolled members of a major party and the number of electors in a district shall be determined by the latest enrollment and voter registration records in the office of the Secretary of the State submitted in accordance with the provisions of section 9-65. The names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35 shall not be counted for such purposes.

      (2) The qualified candidate committee of a major party candidate for the office of state representative who has been nominated shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars, provided in the case of an election held in 2010, or thereafter, said amount shall be adjusted under subsection (h) of this section.

      (g) (1) The qualified candidate committee of an eligible minor party candidate for the office of state senator or state representative shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign if the candidate of the same minor party for the same office at the last preceding regular election received at least ten per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for said office at said election. The amount of the grant shall be one-third of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (e) or (f) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, provided (A) if the candidate of the same minor party for the same office at the last preceding regular election received at least fifteen per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for said office at said election, the amount of the grant shall be two-thirds of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (e) or (f) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, (B) if the candidate of the same minor party for the same office at the last preceding regular election received at least twenty per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for said office at said election, the amount of the grant shall be the same as the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (e) or (f) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, and (C) in the case of an election held in 2010, or thereafter, said amounts shall be adjusted under subsection (h) of this section.

      (2) The qualified candidate committee of an eligible petitioning party candidate for the office of state senator or state representative shall be eligible to receive a grant from the fund for the general election campaign if said candidate's nominating petition has been signed by a number of qualified electors equal to at least ten per cent of the whole number of votes cast for the same office at the last preceding regular election. The amount of the grant shall be one-third of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (e) or (f) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, provided (A) if said candidate's nominating petition has been signed by a number of qualified electors equal to at least fifteen per cent of the whole number of votes cast for the same office at the last preceding regular election, the amount of the grant shall be two-thirds of the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (e) or (f) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, (B) if said candidate's nominating petition has been signed by a number of qualified electors equal to at least twenty per cent of the whole number of votes cast for the same office at the last preceding regular election, the amount of the grant shall be the same as the amount of the general election campaign grant under subsection (e) or (f) of this section for a major party candidate for the same office, and (C) in the case of an election held in 2010, or thereafter, said amounts shall be adjusted under subsection (h) of this section.

      (h) For elections held in 2010, and thereafter, the amount of the grants in subsections (e), (f) and (g) of this section shall be adjusted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission not later than January 15, 2010, and biennially thereafter, in accordance with any change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the period beginning on January 1, 2008, and ending on December thirty-first in the year preceding the year in which said adjustment is to be made.

      (i) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (e), (f) and (g) of this section, in the case of a special election for the office of state senator or state representative, the amount of the grant for a general election campaign shall be seventy-five per cent of the amount authorized under the applicable said subsection (e), (f) or (g).

      (j) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) to (i), inclusive, of this section:

      (1) The initial grant that a qualified candidate committee for a candidate is eligible to receive under subsections (a) to (i), inclusive, of this section shall be reduced by the amount of any personal funds that the candidate provides for the candidate's campaign for nomination or election pursuant to subsection (c) of section 9-710;

      (2) If a participating candidate is nominated at a primary and does not expend the entire grant for the primary campaign authorized under subsection (a), (b), (e) or (f) of this section or all moneys that may be received for the primary campaign under section 9-713 or 9-714, the amount of the grant for the general election campaign shall be reduced by the total amount of any such unexpended primary campaign grant and moneys;

      (3) If a participating candidate who is nominated for election does not have any opponent in the general election campaign, the amount of the general election campaign grant for which the qualified candidate committee for said candidate shall be eligible shall be thirty per cent of the applicable amount set forth in subsections (a) to (i), inclusive; and

      (4) If the only opponent or opponents of a participating candidate who is nominated for election to an office are eligible minor party candidates or eligible petitioning party candidates and no such eligible minor party candidate's or eligible petitioning party candidate's candidate committee has received a total amount of contributions of any type that is equal to or greater than the amount of the qualifying contributions that a candidate for such office is required to receive under section 9-704 to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund, the amount of the general election campaign grant for such participating candidate shall be sixty per cent of the applicable amount set forth in this section.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 6.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-706. Grant applications and payment. (a)(1) A participating candidate for nomination to the office of state senator or state representative in 2008, or thereafter, or the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer in 2010, or thereafter, may apply to the State Elections Enforcement Commission for a grant from the fund under the Citizens' Election Program for a primary campaign, after the close of the state convention of the candidate's party that is called for the purpose of choosing candidates for nomination for the office that the candidate is seeking, if a primary is required under chapter 153, and (A) said party endorses the candidate for the office that the candidate is seeking, (B) the candidate is seeking nomination to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Secretary of the State or the district office of state senator or state representative and receives at least fifteen per cent of the votes of the convention delegates present and voting on any roll-call vote taken on the endorsement or proposed endorsement of a candidate for the office the candidate is seeking, or (C) the candidate circulates a petition and obtains the required number of signatures for filing a candidacy for nomination for (i) the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Secretary of the State or the district office of state senator or state representative, pursuant to section 9-400, or (ii) the municipal office of state senator or state representative, pursuant to section 9-406, whichever is applicable.

      (2) A participating candidate for nomination to the office of state senator or state representative in 2008, or thereafter, or the office of Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Secretary of the State or State Treasurer in 2010, or thereafter, may apply to the State Elections Enforcement Commission for a grant from the fund under the Citizens' Election Program for a general election campaign:

      (A) After the close of the state or district convention or municipal caucus, convention or town committee meeting, whichever is applicable, of the candidate's party that is called for the purpose of choosing candidates for nomination for the office that the candidate is seeking, if (i) said party endorses said candidate for the office that the candidate is seeking and no other candidate of said party files a candidacy with the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of section 9-400 or 9-406, whichever is applicable, (ii) the candidate is seeking election to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Secretary of the State or the district office of state senator or state representative and receives at least fifteen per cent of the votes of the convention delegates present and voting on any roll-call vote taken on the endorsement or proposed endorsement of a candidate for the office the candidate is seeking, no other candidate for said office at such convention either receives the party endorsement or said percentage of said votes for said endorsement or files a certificate of endorsement with the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of section 9-388 or a candidacy with the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of section 9-400, and no other candidate for said office circulates a petition and obtains the required number of signatures for filing a candidacy for nomination for said office pursuant to section 9-400, (iii) the candidate is seeking election to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer or Secretary of the State or the district office of state senator or state representative, circulates a petition and obtains the required number of signatures for filing a candidacy for nomination for said office pursuant to section 9-400 and no other candidate for said office at the state or district convention either receives the party endorsement or said percentage of said votes for said endorsement or files a certificate of endorsement with the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of section 9-388 or a candidacy with the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of section 9-400, or (iv) the candidate is seeking election to the municipal office of state senator or state representative, circulates a petition and obtains the required number of signatures for filing a candidacy for nomination for the office the candidate is seeking pursuant to section 9-406 and no other candidate for said office at the caucus, convention or town committee meeting either receives the party endorsement or files a certification of endorsement with the town clerk in accordance with the provisions of section 9-391;

      (B) After any primary held by such party for nomination for said office, if the Secretary of the State declares that the candidate is the party nominee in accordance with the provisions of section 9-440;

      (C) In the case of a minor party candidate, after the nomination of such candidate is certified and filed with the Secretary of the State pursuant to section 9-452; or

      (D) In the case of a petitioning party candidate, after approval by the Secretary of the State of such candidate's nominating petition pursuant to section 9-453o.

      (3) A participating candidate for nomination to the office of state senator or state representative at a special election in 2008, or thereafter, may apply to the State Elections Enforcement Commission for a grant from the fund under the Citizens' Election Program for a general election campaign after the close of the district convention or municipal caucus, convention or town committee meeting of the candidate's party that is called for the purpose of choosing candidates for nomination for the office that the candidate is seeking.

      (4) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, no participating candidate for nomination or election who changes the candidate's status as a major party, minor party or petitioning party candidate or becomes a candidate of a different party, after filing the affidavit required under section 9-703, shall be eligible to apply for a grant under the Citizens' Election Program for such candidate's primary campaign for such nomination or general election campaign for such election. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply in the case of a candidate who is nominated by more than one party and does not otherwise change the candidate's status as a major party, minor party or petitioning party candidate.

      (b) The application shall include a written certification that:

      (1) The candidate committee has received the required amount of qualifying contributions;

      (2) The candidate committee has repaid all moneys borrowed on behalf of the campaign, as required by subsection (b) of section 9-710;

      (3) The candidate committee has returned any contribution of five dollars or more from an individual who does not include the individual's name and address with the contribution;

      (4) The candidate committee has returned all contributions or portions of contributions that do not meet the criteria for qualifying contributions under section 9-704 and transmitted all excess qualifying contributions to the Citizens' Election Fund;

      (5) The campaign treasurer of the candidate committee will comply with the provisions of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive;

      (6) All moneys received from the Citizens' Election Fund will be deposited upon receipt into the depository account of the candidate committee;

      (7) The campaign treasurer of the candidate committee will expend all moneys received from the fund in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of section 9-333i and regulations adopted by the State Elections Enforcement Commission under subsection (e) of this section; and

      (8) If the candidate withdraws from the campaign, becomes ineligible or dies during the campaign, the candidate committee of the candidate will return to the commission, for deposit in the fund, all moneys received from the fund pursuant to sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, which said candidate committee has not spent as of the date of such occurrence.

      (c) The application shall be accompanied by a cumulative itemized accounting of all funds received, expenditures made and expenses incurred but not yet paid by the candidate committee as of three days before the date that the application is signed. Such accounting shall be sworn to under penalty of false statement by the campaign treasurer of the candidate committee. The commission shall prescribe the form of the application and the cumulative itemized accounting. The form for such accounting shall conform to the requirements of section 9-333j. Both the candidate and the campaign treasurer of the candidate committee shall sign the application.

      (d) Not later than three business days following receipt of any such application, the commission shall review the application, determine whether (1) the candidate committee for the applicant has received the required qualifying contributions, (2) in the case of an application for a grant from the fund for a primary campaign, the applicant has met the applicable condition under subsection (a) of this section for applying for such grant and complied with the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, and at least either one other participating candidate for nomination in the primary, from the same party and for the same office as the applicant, has also received the required qualifying contributions or at least one nonparticipating candidate for nomination in the primary, from the same party and for the same office as the applicant, has received an amount of contributions equal to the amount of such qualifying contributions, (3) in the case of an application for a grant from the fund for a general election campaign, the applicant has met the applicable condition under subsection (a) of this section for applying for such moneys and complied with the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, and (4) in the case of an application by a minor party or petitioning party candidate for a grant from the fund for a general election campaign, the applicant qualifies as an eligible minor party candidate or an eligible petitioning party candidate, whichever is applicable. If the commission approves an application, the commission shall determine the amount of the grant payable to the candidate committee for the applicant pursuant to section 9-705 from the fund, and notify the State Comptroller and the candidate of such candidate committee, of such amount. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of such amount to the qualified candidate committee from the fund.

      (e) The State Elections Enforcement Commission shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, on permissible expenditures under subsection (g) of section 9-333i for qualified candidate committees receiving grants from the fund under sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive.

      (f) If a nominated participating candidate dies, withdraws the candidate's candidacy or becomes disqualified to hold the office for which the candidate has been nominated after the commission approves the candidate's application for a grant under this section, the candidate committee of the candidate who is nominated to replace said candidate pursuant to section 9-460 shall be eligible to receive grants from the fund without complying with the provisions of section 9-704, if said replacement candidate files an affidavit under section 9-703 certifying the candidate's intent to abide by the expenditure limits set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702 and notifies the commission on a form prescribed by the commission.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 7.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-707. Limit on deposits into depository account of a qualified candidate committee. Following the initial deposit of moneys from the Citizens' Election Fund into the depository account of a qualified candidate committee, no contribution, loan, amount of the candidate's own moneys or any other moneys received by the candidate or the campaign treasurer on behalf of the committee shall be deposited into said depository account, except (1) grants from the fund, and (2) any additional moneys from the fund as provided in sections 9-713 and 9-714.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 8.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-708. Payment of general election campaign grant to eligible qualified candidate committee. A qualified candidate committee that received moneys from the Citizens' Election Fund for a primary campaign and whose candidate is the party nominee shall receive a grant from the fund for a general election campaign. Upon receiving verification from the Secretary of the State of the declaration by the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of section 9-440 of the results of the votes cast at the primary, the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall notify the State Comptroller of the amount payable to such qualified candidate committee pursuant to section 9-705. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of the general election campaign grant to said committee from said fund.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 9.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-709. Joint campaigning by candidates for offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. (a) For purposes of this section, expenditures made to aid or promote the success of both a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor and a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor jointly, shall be considered expenditures made to aid or promote the success of a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor. The party-endorsed candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor and the party-endorsed candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor shall be deemed to be aiding or promoting the success of both candidates jointly upon the earliest of the following: (1) The primary, whether held for the office of Governor, the office of Lieutenant Governor, or both; (2) if no primary is held for the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor, the fourteenth day following the close of the convention; or (3) a declaration by the party-endorsed candidates that they will campaign jointly. Any other candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall be deemed to be aiding or promoting the success of such candidacy for the office of Lieutenant Governor and the success of a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor jointly upon a declaration by the candidates that they shall campaign jointly.

      (b) If a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor is campaigning jointly with a candidate for nomination or election to the office of Governor, the candidate committee and any exploratory committee for the candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor shall be dissolved as of the applicable date set forth in subsection (a) of this section. Not later than fifteen days after said date, the campaign treasurer of the candidate committee formed to aid or promote the success of said candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall file a statement with the proper authority under section 9-333e, identifying all contributions received or expenditures made by the committee since the previous statement and the balance on hand or deficit, as the case may be. Not later than thirty days after the applicable date set forth in subsection (a) of this section, (1) the campaign treasurer of a qualified candidate committee formed to aid or promote the success of said candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall distribute any surplus to the fund, and (2) the campaign treasurer of a nonqualified candidate committee formed to aid or promote the success of said candidate for nomination or election to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall distribute such surplus in accordance with the provisions of subsection (e) of section 9-333j.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 10.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-710. Loans and personal funds for campaigns. Limits. (a) The candidate committee for a candidate who intends to participate in the Citizens' Election Program may borrow moneys on behalf of a campaign for a primary or a general election from one or more financial institutions, as defined in section 36a-41, in an aggregate amount not to exceed one thousand dollars. The amount borrowed shall not constitute a qualifying contribution under section 9-704. No individual, political committee or party committee, except the candidate or, in a general election, the state central committee of a political party, shall endorse or guarantee such a loan in an aggregate amount in excess of five hundred dollars. An endorsement or guarantee of such a loan shall constitute a contribution by such individual or committee for so long as the loan is outstanding. The amount endorsed or guaranteed by such individual or committee shall cease to constitute a contribution upon repayment of the amount endorsed or guaranteed.

      (b) All such loans shall be repaid in full prior to the date such candidate committee applies for a grant from the Citizens' Election Fund pursuant to section 9-706. A candidate who fails to repay such loans or fails to certify such repayment to the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall not be eligible to receive and shall not receive grants from the fund.

      (c) A candidate who intends to participate in the Citizens' Election Program may provide personal funds for such candidate's campaign for nomination or election in an amount not exceeding: (1) For a candidate for the office of Governor, twenty thousand dollars; (2) for a candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, State Treasurer, Secretary of the State, ten thousand dollars; (3) for a candidate for the office of state senator, two thousand dollars; or (4) for a candidate for the office of state representative, one thousand dollars. Such personal funds shall not constitute a qualifying contribution under section 9-704.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 11.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-711. Excess expenditures: Penalties. (a) If an expenditure in excess of the applicable expenditure limit set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702 is made or incurred by a qualified candidate committee that receives a grant from the Citizens' Election Fund pursuant to section 9-706, (1) the candidate and campaign treasurer of said committee shall be jointly and severally liable for paying for the excess expenditure, (2) the committee shall not receive any additional grants or moneys from the fund for the remainder of the election cycle if the State Elections Enforcement Commission determines that the candidate or campaign treasurer of said committee had knowledge of the excess expenditure, (3) the campaign treasurer shall be subject to penalties under section 9-7b, and (4) the candidate of said candidate committee shall be deemed to be a nonparticipating candidate for the purposes of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, if the commission determines that the candidate or campaign treasurer of said committee had knowledge of the excess expenditure. The commission may waive the provisions of this subsection upon determining that an excess expenditure is de minimus. The commission shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing standards for making such determinations. Such standards shall include, but not be limited to, a finding by the commission that the candidate or campaign treasurer has, from the candidate's or campaign treasurer's personal funds, either paid the excess expenditure or reimbursed the qualified candidate committee for its payment of the excess expenditure.

      (b) If an individual, who is associated with the campaign of a candidate whose qualified candidate committee has received a grant from the Citizens' Election Fund pursuant to section 9-706, makes or incurs an expenditure in excess of the applicable expenditure limit set forth in subsection (c) of section 9-702 for said committee, without the consent of the candidate or campaign treasurer of the committee, the individual shall (1) repay to the fund the amount of such excess expenditure, and (2) shall be subject to penalties under section 9-7b. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to an individual who is the candidate or the campaign treasurer of such committee.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 12.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-712. Excess expenditures: Reporting. (a)(1) If a candidate in a primary campaign or a general election campaign in which there is at least one participating candidate initially makes, or incurs an obligation to make, an expenditure that is in excess of ninety per cent of the applicable grant for said participating candidate or candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705, the candidate making the excess expenditure shall file a supplemental campaign finance statement with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, not later than forty-eight hours after making or incurring said expenditure.

      (2) After the initial filing of a statement under subdivision (1) of this subsection, the candidate filing the statement and all opposing candidates shall file supplemental campaign finance statements with the commission on the following schedule: (A) In the case of a primary campaign, on the first Thursday following the date in July on which candidates are required to file campaign finance statements pursuant to subsection (a) of section 9-333j, or the first Thursday following the supplemental campaign finance statement filed under subdivision (1) of this subsection, whichever is later, and each Thursday thereafter until the Thursday before the day of the primary, inclusive, and (B) in the case of a general election campaign, on the first Thursday following the date in October on which candidates are required to file campaign finance statements pursuant to subsection (a) of section 9-333j, or the first Thursday following the supplemental campaign finance statement filed under subdivision (1) of this subsection, whichever is later, and each Thursday thereafter until the Thursday before the day of the election, inclusive.

      (3) Each supplemental statement required under subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection for a candidate shall disclose the name of the candidate, the name of the candidate's campaign committee and the total amount of campaign expenditures made or obligated to be made by such candidate committee during the primary campaign or the general election campaign, whichever is applicable, as of the day before the date on which such statement is required to be filed. The commission shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, specifying permissible media for the transmission of such statements to the commission, which shall include electronic mail.

      (b) (1) As used in this subsection, "excess expenditure" means (A) an expenditure made, or obligated to be made, by a nonparticipating candidate who is opposed by one or more participating candidates in a primary campaign or a general election campaign, which is in excess of the amount of the applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705, or (B) an expenditure made, or obligated to be made by a participating candidate who is opposed by one or more other participating candidates in a primary campaign or a general election campaign, which is in excess of the sum of (i) the amount of the applicable qualifying contributions that a candidate is required to receive under section 9-704 to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund, and (ii) the amount of the applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705.

      (2) If a candidate makes, or incurs the obligation to make, an excess expenditure more than twenty days before the day of a primary or an election, said candidate shall file a declaration of excess expenditures with the commission not later than forty-eight hours after making or incurring said expenditure. If said candidate makes, or incurs the obligation to make, an excess expenditure twenty days or less before the day of a primary or an election, the candidate shall file such declaration with the commission not later than twenty-four hours after making or incurring the expenditure.

      (3) The commission shall confirm whether an expenditure described in a declaration filed under this subsection is an excess expenditure.

      (c) If a campaign treasurer fails to file any statement or declaration required by this section within the time required, said campaign treasurer shall be subject to a civil penalty, imposed by the commission, of not more than one thousand dollars for the first failure to file the statement within the time required and not more than five thousand dollars for any subsequent such failure.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 13.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-713. Excess expenditures: Payment of additional moneys to opposing participating candidates. (a) If the State Elections Enforcement Commission determines that an expenditure is made, or obligated to be made, by a nonparticipating candidate who is opposed by one or more participating candidates in a primary campaign or a general election campaign, which is in excess of ninety per cent of the applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705, the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall immediately notify the State Comptroller that additional moneys shall be paid to the candidate committee of each such participating candidate who has not made an expenditure in excess of the sum of (1) the amount of the applicable qualifying contributions that the participating candidate is required to receive under section 9-704 to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund, and (2) one hundred per cent of such applicable grant. The amount of such additional moneys shall be twenty-five per cent of such applicable grant. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of said amount to said candidate committees from the Citizens' Election Fund. The campaign treasurer of each said candidate committee shall hold said moneys in escrow until the commission notifies the campaign treasurer that it has determined that said nonparticipating candidate has made, or incurred the obligation to make, an expenditure or expenditures in excess of one hundred per cent of such applicable grant. Any such determination may be made by the commission either on its own initiative or upon request of any said participating candidate. Upon receipt of any such notice by a campaign treasurer, the participating candidate may spend an amount of said moneys equal to the amount of such excess expenditure or expenditures. No participating candidate shall receive more than one payment of moneys under this subsection for any campaign.

      (b) If the State Elections Enforcement Commission determines that an expenditure is made, or obligated to be made, by a nonparticipating candidate who is opposed by one or more participating candidates in a primary campaign or a general election campaign, which is in excess of one hundred fifteen per cent of the applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705, the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall immediately notify the State Comptroller that additional moneys shall be paid to the candidate committee of each such participating candidate who has not made an expenditure in excess of the sum of (1) the amount of the applicable qualifying contributions that the participating candidate is required to receive under section 9-704 to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund, and (2) one hundred twenty-five per cent of such applicable grant. The amount of such additional moneys shall be twenty-five per cent of such applicable grant. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of said amount to said candidate committees from the Citizens' Election Fund. The campaign treasurer of each said candidate committee shall hold said moneys in escrow until the commission notifies the campaign treasurer that it has determined that said nonparticipating candidate has made, or incurred the obligation to make, an expenditure or expenditures in excess of one hundred twenty-five per cent of such applicable grant. Any such determination may be made by the commission either on its own initiative or upon request of any said participating candidate. Upon receipt of any such notice by a campaign treasurer, the participating candidate may spend an amount of said moneys equal to the amount of such excess expenditure or expenditures. No participating candidate shall receive more than one payment of moneys under this subsection for any campaign.

      (c) If the State Elections Enforcement Commission determines that an expenditure is made, or obligated to be made, by a nonparticipating candidate who is opposed by one or more participating candidates in a primary campaign or a general election campaign, which is in excess of one hundred forty per cent of the applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705, the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall immediately notify the State Comptroller that additional moneys shall be paid to the candidate committee of each such participating candidate who has not made an expenditure in excess of the sum of (1) the amount of the applicable qualifying contributions that the participating candidate is required to receive under section 9-704 to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund, and (2) one hundred fifty per cent of such applicable grant. The amount of such additional moneys shall be twenty-five per cent of such applicable grant. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of said amount to said candidate committees from the Citizens' Election Fund. The campaign treasurer of each said candidate committee shall hold said moneys in escrow until the commission notifies the campaign treasurer that it has determined that said nonparticipating candidate has made, or incurred the obligation to make, an expenditure or expenditures in excess of one hundred fifty per cent of such applicable grant. Any such determination may be made by the commission either on its own initiative or upon request of any said participating candidate. Upon receipt of any such notice by a campaign treasurer, the participating candidate may spend an amount of said moneys equal to the amount of such excess expenditure or expenditures. No participating candidate shall receive more than one payment of moneys under this subsection for any campaign.

      (d) If the State Elections Enforcement Commission determines that an expenditure is made, or obligated to be made, by a nonparticipating candidate who is opposed by one or more participating candidates in a primary campaign or a general election campaign, which is in excess of one hundred sixty-five per cent of the applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705, the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall immediately notify the State Comptroller that additional moneys shall be paid to the candidate committee of each such participating candidate who has not made an expenditure in excess of the sum of (1) the amount of the applicable qualifying contributions that the participating candidate is required to receive under section 9-704 to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund, and (2) one hundred seventy-five per cent of such applicable grant. The amount of such additional moneys shall be twenty-five per cent of such applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of said amount to said candidate committees from the Citizens' Election Fund. The campaign treasurer of each said candidate committee shall hold said moneys in escrow until the commission notifies the campaign treasurer that it has determined that said nonparticipating candidate has made, or incurred the obligation to make, an expenditure or expenditures in excess of one hundred seventy-five per cent of such applicable grant. Any such determination may be made by the commission either on its own initiative or upon request of any said participating candidate. Upon receipt of any such notice by a campaign treasurer, the participating candidate may spend an amount of said moneys equal to the amount of such excess expenditure or expenditures. No participating candidate shall receive more than one payment of moneys under this subsection for any campaign.

      (e) If the State Elections Enforcement Commission determines that an expenditure is made, or obligated to be made, by a participating candidate who is opposed by one or more other participating candidates in a primary campaign or a general election campaign, which is in excess of the sum of (1) the amount of the applicable qualifying contributions that a candidate is required to receive under section 9-704 to be eligible for grants from the Citizens' Election Fund, and (2) the amount of the applicable grant for said participating candidates for said campaign authorized under section 9-705, the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall immediately notify the State Comptroller that additional moneys, equal to the amount of such excess expenditure, shall be paid to the candidate committee of each such participating candidate who has not made such an excess expenditure. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of said amount to said candidate committees from the Citizens' Election Fund. A participating candidate may receive more than one payment of moneys under this section for any campaign.

      (f) If, during the ninety-six-hour period beginning at five o'clock p.m. on the Thursday preceding the day of a primary or an election, the commission receives a notice from a participating candidate that an opposing candidate has made or incurred an obligation to make excess expenditures that have not yet been reported to the commission, the commission shall expeditiously review such notice and notify the State Comptroller, who shall immediately wire or electronically transfer moneys from the fund, in the amount of such excess expenditures confirmed or estimated by the commission, to the qualified candidate committee of said participating candidate or to any person requested by the campaign treasurer of said committee.

      (g) The maximum aggregate amount of moneys that the qualified candidate committee of a participating candidate shall receive under subsections (a) to (f), inclusive, of this section for a primary campaign or a general election campaign to match excess expenditures by an opposing candidate shall not exceed (1) the highest amount of excess expenditures by an opposing candidate during said campaign, or (2) the amount of the applicable grant authorized under section 9-705 for said participating candidate for the campaign, whichever is less.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 14.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-714. Independent expenditures: Payment of additional matching moneys to participating candidates. (a) The State Elections Enforcement Commission, (1) upon the receipt of a report under subsection (e) of section 9-333n that an independent expenditure has been made or obligated to be made, with the intent to promote the defeat of a participating candidate whose candidate committee has received a grant under section 9-705 for a primary campaign or a general election campaign, or (2) upon determining at the request of any such participating candidate that such an independent expenditure has been made or obligated to be made with such intent, shall immediately notify the State Comptroller that additional moneys, equal to the amount of the independent expenditure, shall be paid to the candidate committee of such participating candidate. Not later than two business days following notification by the commission, the State Comptroller shall draw an order on the State Treasurer for payment of such amount to said candidate committee from the Citizens' Election Fund.

      (b) If, during the ninety-six-hour period beginning at five o'clock p.m. on the Thursday preceding the day of a primary or an election, the commission receives (1) a report under subsection (e) of section 9-333n that an independent expenditure has been made or obligated to be made, with the intent to promote the defeat of a participating candidate, or (2) a notice from a participating candidate that such an independent expenditure has been made or obligated to be made but not yet been reported to the commission, the commission shall expeditiously review the report or such notice, as the case may be, and notify the State Comptroller, who shall immediately wire or electronically transfer moneys from the fund, in the amount of such independent expenditures confirmed or estimated by the commission, to the qualified candidate committee of said participating candidate or to any person requested by the participating candidate.

      (c) (1) The maximum aggregate amount of moneys that the qualified candidate committee of a participating candidate shall receive under subsections (a) and (b) of this section to match independent expenditures made, or obligated to be made, with the intent to promote the defeat of said participating candidate shall not exceed the amount of the applicable grant authorized under section 9-705 for the participating candidate for the primary campaign or general election campaign in which such independent expenditures are made or obligated to be made.

      (2) The additional moneys under subsections (a) and (b) of this section to match independent expenditures shall be granted to the qualified candidate committee of a participating candidate opposed by a nonparticipating candidate only if the nonparticipating candidate's campaign expenditures, combined with the amount of the independent expenditures, exceed the amount of the applicable grant authorized under section 9-705 for the participating candidate for the primary campaign or general election campaign in which such independent expenditures are made or obligated to be made.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 15.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-715. Voter registration lists for participating candidates. The Secretary of the State shall provide to each participating candidate a copy of the voter registration list for the state or the applicable district, which is generated from the state-wide centralized voter registration system established pursuant to the plan authorized under section 1 of special act 91-45 and completed pursuant to section 9-50b. The Secretary shall provide the copy in electronic format, free of charge.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 16.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-716. Annual report on status of Citizens' Election Fund. Insufficient funds. Reserve account. (a) Not later than June 1, 2007, and annually thereafter, the State Elections Enforcement Commission shall issue a report on the status of the Citizens' Election Fund during the previous calendar year. Such report shall include the amount of moneys deposited in the fund, the sources of moneys received by category, the number of contributions, the number of contributors, the amount of moneys expended by category, the recipients of moneys distributed from the fund and an accounting of the costs incurred by the commission in administering the provisions of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive.

      (b) Not later than January first in any year in which a state election is to be held, the commission shall determine whether the amount of moneys in the fund is sufficient to carry out the purposes of sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive. If the commission determines that such amount is not sufficient to carry out such purposes, the commission shall, not later than three days after such later determination, (1) determine the percentage of the fund's obligations that can be met for such election, (2) recalculate the amount of each payment that each qualified candidate committee is entitled to receive under section 9-706 by multiplying such percentage by the amount that such committee would have been entitled to receive under sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, if there were a sufficient amount of moneys in the fund, and (3) notify each such committee of such insufficiency, percentage and applicable recalculation. After a qualified candidate committee under section 9-706 first receives any such recalculated payment, the committee may resume accepting contributions, which shall not be subject to the restrictions on qualifying contributions under section 9-704, and making expenditures from such contributions, up to the highest amount of expenditures made by an opposing nonparticipating candidate in the same primary campaign or general election campaign. The commission shall also issue a report on said determination.

      (c) The commission shall establish a reserve account in the fund. The first twenty-five thousand dollars deposited in the fund during any year shall be placed in said account. The commission shall use moneys in the reserve account only during the seven days preceding a primary or an election for payments to candidates (1) whose payments were reduced under subsection (b) of this section, or (2) who are entitled to funding to match, during said seven-day period, independent expenditures pursuant to section 9-714.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 17.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 31, 2006, and applicable to elections held on or after that date.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-717. Effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting expenditure of funds from Citizens' Election Fund for grants or moneys for candidate committees. If a court of competent jurisdiction prohibits or limits the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in section 9-701 for grants or moneys for candidate committees authorized under sections 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, for a period of seventy-two hours or more, (1) sections 1-100b, 9-700 to 9-716, inclusive, 9-750, 9-751 and 9-760 and section 49 of public act 05-5 of the October 25 special session* shall be inoperative and have no effect, and (2) (A) the amendments made to the provisions of the sections of the general statutes pursuant to public act 05-5 of the October 25 special session** shall be inoperative, (B) the provisions of said sections of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to December 30, 2006, shall be effective, and (C) the provisions of subsections (g) to (j), inclusive, of section 9-333n shall not be implemented.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 55.)

      *Note: Section 49 of public act 05-5 of the October 25 special session is special in nature and therefore has not been codified but remains in full force and effect according to its terms.

      **Public act 05-5 of the October 25 special session is entitled "An Act Concerning Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform for State-Wide Constitutional and General Assembly Offices". (See Reference Table captioned "Public Acts of October 25, 2005" in Volume 16 which lists the sections amended, created or repealed by the act.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective December 7, 2005.

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PART II
FUNDING

      Sec. 9-750. Portion of revenues from tax under chapter 208 to be deposited in Citizens' Election Fund if insufficient funds available under section 3-69a. If, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, or any fiscal year thereafter, the amount of funds available under section 3-69a for deposit in the Citizens' Election Fund established in section 9-701 is less than the amount of funds required under said section 3-69a to be deposited in said fund, a portion of the revenues from the tax imposed under chapter 208, equal to the difference between said amounts, shall be deposited in said fund.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 52.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective January 1, 2006.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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      Sec. 9-751. Contributions to Citizens' Election Fund. Any person, business entity, organization, party committee or political committee, as such terms are defined in section 9-333a, may contribute to the Citizens' Election Fund established in section 9-701. Any such contribution shall be made by check or money order. The State Elections Enforcement Commission shall immediately transmit all contributions received pursuant to this section to the State Treasurer for deposit in the Citizens' Election Fund.

      (Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 53.)

      History: Oct. 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective January 1, 2006.

      See Sec. 9-717 re effect of court of competent jurisdiction's prohibiting or limiting the expenditure of funds from the Citizens' Election Fund established in Sec. 9-701.

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