Election commission OKs credit settlement with Rowland, GOP

Governor John Rowland (R-CT) is to pay $6,015.17 to settle an elections complaint before the state Elections Enforcement Commission involving the use of the state Republican Party credit card. The state GOP will pay $1,500. Rowland used the party's American Express card for goods and services that he could not prove were permitted under election laws. The law allows the use of the credit card for "party building" activities, but commission Chairman Jeff Garfield said the law is murky as to whether charges for meals, airfare, lodging and entertainment can be considered "party building" activities.The commission examined more than 1,000 transactions.

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