COURT DECISIONS ON FEDELE’S PUBLIC FINANCING: FEDELE 4 – FOLEY 0

Maybe Republican gubernatorial front runner Tom Foley should start concentrating more on spending his millions in his quest to secure the nomination and less on stopping his way-behind-in-the-polls-rival Mike Fedele from getting his couple million.

Foley lost yet another attempt to stop Fedele from getting the public financing yesterday as a panel of the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the state Elections Enforcement Commission properly granted Fedele the funding. Foley had argued that Fedele should not have been allowed to receive public financing by combining his qualifying donations with those of Mark Boughton—Fedele’s chosen lieutenant governor candidate.

In an interesting twist, Fedele is expected to file today for an additional $325,000-plus in public funds; money that was triggered by the amount of money the non-program participating Foley has spent. These are the same “triggering provisions” declared unconstitutional by the 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals. Hmm.

Less than three weeks to go before the primary. Let the money flow.