Brown Rudnick, the well-known lobbying and law firm with close ties at the state Capitol, will be holding its annual “Red Wine Night” on April 24 in Hartford.
The night has exploded in popularity and has turned into a tradition on the Capitol calendar. The official legislative bulletin provides the details on the evening.
In very precise legal language that cites the Connecticut General Statutes, the announcement of the event states, “Red Wine Night is permissible under Connecticut ethics laws as a ‘legislative reception’ pursuant to C.G.S. Section 1-91 subsection (g) (10), and pursuant to C.G.S. Section 1-96d, the sponsors do not reasonably expect this event to be reportable pursuant to subsection (e) of section 1-96.”
The event dates all the way back to the days when Hartford Democrat Thomas D. Ritter was the House Speaker for six years in the early to mid-1990s, and the wine nights became well-known in the House Democratic caucus room on the Capitol’s second floor. Today, Ritter is a partner in the Hartford office of Brown Rudnick, as is House Republican leader Larry Cafero of Norwalk. Continue reading