Republican state Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton, who is exploring a run for governor, has submitted a request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act for records pertaining to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s West Coast fundraising trip.
Malloy traveled to California last week to raise money for the state Democratic path, which said it paid for his travel costs. But Boucher is seeking a list of all costs incurred by the state police, who provide security for the governor. She submitted a FOI request to Reuben Bradford, commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
“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,” Boucher said. “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. 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.”